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Very Thorough Guide to World Football, Perhaps Too Thorough
on 24 September 2015
It is definitely an exhaustive account of the history of football and I take my hat off to David for the time and amount of research he must have put into this book. I do however, think a more fitting title would be a "A Global History of Football, World Politics and Football Hooliganism," as for me there is too much emphasis on the latter two categories.
It is very informative and I particularly enjoyed reading about the early beginnings of professional football in the UK and Europe. It was quite disheartening to read about the state of the game in South America and the terrible corruption that has plagued the game and as expected African football is no different.
I think David gives a fair assessment throughout and isn't afraid to point fingers where they need pointing I do however think his style is often too deep, over the top and self-indulgent as if he is trying to be too clever for his own good. Maybe that is my lack of understanding and knowledge but it spoiled an otherwise excellent read for me and I think it may be a problem for many other readers interested in the subject matter.