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5.0 out of 5 stars Examining Power with no Accountability, 20 Dec 2003
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This review is from: Badfellas: FIFA Family at War (Mainstream sport) (Paperback)
Having worked at the North American version of UEFA for nigh-on three years, and having been a delegate to the 2002 World Cup, I can assure you that the only work that would be comparable in accuracy to this work would be my own.
For Tomlinson and Sugden to get, for example, "creatures" like Tognioni to say such patently stupid things (in terms of his own FIFA career, not in terms of the truth, which is what he, Tognioni, shared), on the record, belies an investigative and academic analysis acumen that, in this regard, may be second to none. Disabuse yourself of the notion that sport is "holy"; read this book.
You know, years ago Elisabeth Kubler-Ross established the Five Stages of Death and Dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Anyone with a love for football in particular, and sport in general, upon reading BADFELLAS, will go through those same stages in a sporting context, for sport is dying; has been for a long time.
Let's hope that this book also helps us manifest a Sixth Stage: Evolution. That is, let US take sport beyond these greedy megalomaniacs, to the next level and leave them alone in their gnawing whorishness.
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