the beautiful game ….

Once, football proudly claimed to stand for passion, community, honour, even beauty. Today, football is about money. Its richest club, Manchester United, earned 175 million last year; yet since 1992 thirty-six of the Football League’s seventy-two clubs have been insolvent. The game is in danger of losing its lifeblood – and its soul. David Conn, the game’s most respected investigative journalist, sets out on a journey through the heart of this game, exploring how the sport has failed – and who is to blame. Travelling to football’s every outpost, Conn interviews players, managers, chairmen and fans, building up a picture of a game mired in crisis. At its heart, football is a game deeply loved by millions. This is a book for those who keep the faith, who believe that the sport itself, stripped of the greed and self-interest blighting its organisation, still has values, and can still be beautiful.

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