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Football, Inc.: How Football Fans Are Losing the Game

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Overview

A comprehensive investigation into soccer in the 21st century covering corruption, betting, fan behavior, racism and the rampant commercialization of "the beautiful game." As the corporations buy in, the fans lose out-ticket prices rocket, and soccer teams are more about marketing than sport. The author also examines the changing fan-base-from the inclusion of women and families to the ugly face of sectarianism racism and violence, as well as the "media" fans who change their colors from season to season.


About the Author:
Craig McGill is a respected investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines including Time, Guardian, Sun, and Daily Express. He is also the author of Human Traffic and Do No Harm?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901250527
  • Publisher: Vision
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1
Part 1 Dramatis Personae
1 Fans 7
2 Players 25
3 Referees 43
4 Managers 53
5 Chairmen 63
Part 2 The 'Green' Game--Passing the buck
6 The Grass is Greener 75
7 Television 87
8 Sponsorship and Shares 99
9 Europe 111
10 Corruption 123
11 200--The World Cup, Asia and Football 133
12 2006--Machiavellian Football 143
13 Football and Politics, Politics and Football 151
Part 3 The Ugly Game--How fans lost their game
14 Hooliganism 167
15 Racism 185
16 Sectarianism 195
17 Hillsborough 209
18 Newcastle 219
Part 4 Extra Time--Fans getting the game back
19 Manchester United 229
20 Northampton 237
21 The Future 247
Bibliography and Further Reading 257
Index 260
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