Once, football stood for passion, community, honour, even beauty. The game is in danger of losing its lifeblood - and its soul.
In The Beautiful Game? David Conn, the game's most respected investigative journalist, sets out on a journey through the heart of our national game, exploring how the sport has failed - and who is to blame.
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.
Paperback: 448 pages Author: David Conn Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (4 Aug. 2005) Language: English Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
About the Author David Conn is football's foremost investigative journalist. He was Sports Reporter of the year in 2004 and is the author of The Football Business (Mainstream, 1997). He focuses predominantly on football.
Editorial review "This is a quite magnificent book...with a splendid eye for important detail and a determination to ask difficult questions, Conn reminds us of what is important- Conn's greatest feat in a book that is well researched and written with searing honesty is to show the game's magnificent resilience" (David Wash Sunday Times)
"For a fascinating insight into the causes, and the creators, of the game's ills this is a superbly told tale" (Peter Corrigan Independent)
"An important book" (The Times)
"Should be read by anyone who really cares about football" (James Lawton Independent)
"This is a must-read for all who love football" (Delia Smith)