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The Football Business: The Modern Football Classic (Mainstream sport)
The Football Business: The Modern Football Classic (Mainstream sport)
by David Conn
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and eye opening, 15 Mar 2002
A very good book, written in a very accessible style. The case studies which the book begins with, looking at how individual clubs have change over the past century are very interesting, especially if you happen to be a fan of one of the clubs in question. However the best part of the book is surely the chapter on Hillsborough, which will shock and sicken even the most hardened football fan. This book is a real eye opener which will make you fear for the future of the game, especially at the grass roots. Sometimes a little too emotional and therefore not as objective, but this merely adds to the feeling that the game has changed for the worse over the last 10-15 years. If you don't know what the inside of a football ground looks like, and enjoy watching all your games interactively on Sky, whilst wearing your replica shirt and chugging on a few Carlings, you may disagree with the sentiments behind this book, but if you have a real interest in football at all levels I highly recommend it.


Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
by David Winner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, informative and interesting, 15 Mar 2002
An excellent insight into Dutch football, especially the Ajax and Dutch teams of the 70s. Also using the views and opinions of Dutch artists and architects, as well as Dutch footballing legends puts a whole new spin on looking at the Dutch style of football. The chapter on the Dutch fear of penalties makes for the most interesting reading, and certainly makes the English aversion seem small in comparison. The only criticism is that sometimes the analogies are a little over the top, suggesting that the Dutch style of football is a direct result of the geography of the Netherlands being my favourite example. That said this is still an excellent read, especially if you have an admiration for beautiful football.


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