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The Beautiful Game Is Over: The Globalisation of Football Hardcover – 31 Jan 2008

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  • Hardcover: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Book Guild Publishing (31 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846241642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846241642
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Samuels is Emeritus Professor of Business Finance at the University of Birmingham. During his academic career he has been Head of the Business School and Pro-Vice Chancellor as well as Dean of the Faculty and has taught in many countries and institutions around the world. He has written books on the subjects of company finance, accounting, mergers and take-overs. A football fan all his life, The Beautiful Game is Over is his first book about football.

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There are not enough good books about football from an economic perspective. 'The Beautiful Game is Over' is a useful addition to the short-list.

Author John Samuels is a fan, but also Emeritus Professor of Finance at the University of Buckingham. For the reader, this has several advantages. One is that Samuels is not intimidated by the complexity and near-opacity of recent football finance deals, or the multiplicity of interested parties. Another is that he is not inclined to treat football as a special case. On the contrary, from the business perspective, he argues that what has happened in football over the last thirty years is almost a case study in the impact of globalisation on an industry.

Samuels argues that, far from being a new phenomenon, the current crisis in football has deep roots. He makes the case - killing quite a few sacred cows in the process - that from its inception football has been riven by conflicts of interest between owners, chairmen, directors, managers, players, fans, individual clubs, and local, national, regional and international organisations. In essence, this has led to three competing conceptions of the game: as a local community-based pastime; as a sport that is also incidentally a business; and as a pure business, a profit engine for which the sport is merely the vehicle.

Samuels points out that the first conception, beloved of the man and woman on the terraces, has always been something of a comforting myth, at odds with the facts. The second - a sport that has business aspects, but is essentially a common endeavour that recognises values other than profit maximisation - is now under heavy pressure from a new generation of investors and owners who see football as a global phenomenon that can be exploited for profit.
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