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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494731002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494731007
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most important unimportant subject in the World" - love it, along with a mass of other facts, stats and bits of information that have helped me, finally, understand why I've had a United season ticket since 1972 and have dedicated a significant proportion of my life and thousands of pounds following them up and down the Country and across Europe.
Duncan's book illustrates the power that the game has to enthral, inspire passion and dash dreams all in equal measure.The pure narrative that is packed into each 90 minutes of a match is captured superbly. I write the day after the World Cup Final - the contrasting emotions in Germany and Argentina illustrate this perfectly.
And I simply can't wait until the next time some smug, anti-footie so-and-so tells me that its stupid taking 22 grown men running around kicking a ball so seriously - boy, are they going to be put right. My favourite piece about how football united the various ethnic groups of the newly formed Bosnia-Herzegovina will be recounted many times.

Thanks Duncan
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A really excellent read! Duncan Murray has produced a well-researched football book underpinned by an eloquent and engaging narrative. It is full of great anecdotes, football memories and well-marshalled arguments. It grips your attention and compels you to keep turning the pages. I read it in two sittings and really wanted to read on and on. At its core Murray makes a strong case for the beauty and power of football as he articulately explains why it has a unique place in our culture. Ultimately, the book illustrates why football is a potent and positive force for good. Unquestionably, “The Football Effect” is a must read for every football fan (especially those of us who have friends who argue for the superiority of rugby)!!
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Knowing absolutely nothing about the game of football, except for the negative press, I have found this an excellent read. It is fascinating and enlightening to learn about the different ‘faces’ of football.

It is written in an easy to read and articulate way and delves into a myriad of aspects, from historical facts, training, finances and the good work it carries out, all over the world etc .. For the uninitiated it has been an eye-opener.

The author is obviously an ardent footie fan but has done a huge amount of research to produce this book, validated by the ‘Reference & Notes’ chapter.

For football fanatics I would think this book is a ‘must have’.
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By Jude on 6 Mar. 2014
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Finally a book that redresses the football debate . The author demonstrates a powerful arguement about the virtues of the "beautiful game". In an era where media negativity portrays footballers as overpaid morons Murray offers a refreshing view challenging preconceived notions about the Premier league and exploring the far reach of this global sport.
I would suggest a must read for all football journalists and pundits as this book offers a balance that not many football publications give . The only criticism I would have is the book is too short so I look forward to the next edition.
Dan Thompson
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By Jules on 21 Feb. 2014
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Despite not mentioning my favorite football team once in this book, Duncan Murray neatly demonstrates the far reaching impact of a sport which, like it or loathe it, is the ultimate bonding agent in life - and I agree with him.
Bridging generations, social strata, ethnicities, religions and cultural divides, he brings to the debate a disparate series of reference points and amazing array of quotes endorsing the powerful impact of the sport around the world, in a very readable and interesting way.
Whether or not you like football, this should be on your bookshelf.
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I enjoyed this book. I loved all the amazing facts and the research that has gone into it .It really brought home to be how important football is on the World Stage. I understand the obsession with football , it is truly a Religion to some individuals and indeed some Nations!! This is not just for football fans, non football fans may gain a little more understanding as to just why football is so important.
But best of all I loved the Pope quoting that Football is the most 'important unimportant' subject in the World.
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A thought provoking insight into the ever increasing effect of football on players, fans and society as a whole away from the pitch. Well written yet concise in its analysis 'The Football Effect' opens your eyes to a vareity of socio-cultural impacts of the world's global game with several powerful, hard hitting contemporary examples of the power the sport has to unite people across the globe.
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Well done Duncan! A great book with extremely interesting statistics and facts, sutiable for teenagers and adults. It portrays how football 'effects' the world, people and other sports. Very enjoyable to read, don't want to put it down once you start reading. Brilliant job Duncan Murray.

Danny Garrett
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