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4.0 out of 5 stars A really illuminating look at football today, 23 Aug. 2012
This review is from: I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game (Paperback)
In this book a professional footballer, in the English premier league, recounts his experiences in a frank and engaging style. The book draws together material from 18 months of columns in the Guardian newspaper. It digs into a lot of the questions that fascinate fans: What makes a good manager? How do players perceive fans? Are footballers overpaid? (Maybe no surprise that he thinks not.) How has money changed the game? What does it mean to be a role model? Why doesn't the game deal better with racism?

The fact that the author's identity isn't given has only added to the intrigue and interest around the columns, and that continues now with the book. There has been lots of speculation about who it is, and part of me wonders if it is in fact one person - or even a current player. But the inside knowledge is there for all to see, and part of the fun is using the evidence to try and work out who the author might be.

At times, despite the fact that there's a fair amount of gossip, I'd have liked more specifics. Still, this is a good read, which fans of the game will want to devour.
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