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The Cambridge Companion to Football

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Sir Michael Parkinson, Alan Tomlinson, Dave Russell, Huw Richards, Chris Taylor, Rob Steen, Paddy Agnew, Jim White, Paul Darby, Peter Berlin, Jed Novick, Colin Shindler, Will Tidey, Jean Williams, John Williams, Jon Vale, Peter Stead, Toby Miller
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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107613690

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  • Football is the world's most popular sport. It is a cultural phenomenon and a global media spectacle. For its billions of fans, it serves as a common language. But where does its enduring popularity come from? Featuring essays from prominent experts in the field, scholars and journalists, this Companion covers ground seldom attempted in a single volume about football. It examines the game's oft-disputed roots and traces its development through Europe, South America and Africa, analysing whether resistance to the game is finally beginning to erode in China, India and the United States. It dissects the cult of the manager and how David Beckham redefined sporting celebrity. It investigates the game's followers, reporters and writers, as well as its most zealous money makers and powerful administrators. A valuable resource for students, scholars and general readers, The Cambridge Companion to Football is a true and faithful companion for anyone fascinated by the people's game.

    • A rarely if ever seen collection of journalists, sportswriters, authors and academics, making the project uncommonly authoritative
    • Historical and contemporary, it covers a broad range of subjects: insightful enough for experts but written in an accessible style
    • An unusually wide appeal for a book of this nature - both in international terms and across age groups
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107613690
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    List of figures and tables
    Foreword Sir Michael Parkinson
    Introduction Alan Tomlinson
    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Kicking off: the origins of association football Dave Russell
    The game-changers: Billy Meredith Huw Richards
    2. Uruguay: the first world power Chris Taylor
    The game-changers: Henri Delaunay Huw Richards
    3. Austria and Hungary: the Danubian School Huw Richards
    The game-changers: Alfredo Di Stéfano Rob Steen
    4. Italy: football as politics – Mussolini to Berlusconi Paddy Agnew
    The game-changers: Pelé Huw Richards
    5. Brazil: rhythm and grooves Jim White
    The game-changers: Diego Maradona Huw Richards
    6. Africa: towards global football citizenship? Paul Darby
    The game-changers: Eusébio Rob Steen
    Part II. Development:
    7. Money, money, money: the English Premier League Peter Berlin
    The game-changers: Didier Drogba Jed Novick
    8. The boss: a very British convention Colin Shindler
    The game-changers: Sir Alex Ferguson Will Tidey
    9. David Beckham and the celebrity phenomenon Jed Novick
    The game-changers: George Best Rob Steen
    10. Football and feminism Jean Williams
    The game-changers: Mia Hamm Huw Richards
    11. Fans: consumers, hooligans and activists John Williams
    The game-changers: Franz Beckenbauer Rob Steen
    12. Sheepskin coats and nannygoats: the view from the press box Rob Steen
    The game-changers: Havelange, Blatter and Platini – the ruling class Rob Steen and John Vale
    13. Brought to book: football and literature Peter Stead
    The game-changers: Johan Cruyff Jon Vale
    Part III. Where We Are:
    14. What took you so long? Spain conquers the world Huw Richards
    The game-changers: José Mourinho Jed Novick
    15. Where next? Football's new frontiers Toby Miller
    The game-changers: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Jed Novick
    Further reading

  • Editors

    Rob Steen, University of Brighton
    Rob Steen is an author, sportswriter and journalism lecturer. A contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Cricket and an acclaimed Cricinfo columnist since 2008, he has also written for, among others, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, India Today, the Melbourne Age and Marxism Today. His previous books include Spring, Summer, Autumn (William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award runner-up), biographies of Desmond Haynes and David Gower (Cricket Society Literary Award winner) and 500-1: The Miracle of Headingley '81 (Cricket Society Literary Award runner-up). He edited the cricket journal The New Ball, and his investigation for The Wisden Cricketer, 'Whatever Happened to the Black Cricketer?', won the UK section of the 2005 EU Journalism Award 'for diversity, against discrimination'. His next books, to be published in 2014, are Sports Journalism: A Multimedia Primer, 2nd edition and Touchlines and Floodlights: A Personal History of Spectator Sport.

    Jed Novick, University of Brighton
    Jed Novick is a journalist, author and Senior Lecturer in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton.

    Huw Richards, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Huw Richards is a freelance journalist and sports historian.


    Sir Michael Parkinson, Alan Tomlinson, Dave Russell, Huw Richards, Chris Taylor, Rob Steen, Paddy Agnew, Jim White, Paul Darby, Peter Berlin, Jed Novick, Colin Shindler, Will Tidey, Jean Williams, John Williams, Jon Vale, Peter Stead, Toby Miller

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