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The Ugly Game: How Football Lost Its Magic and What It Could Learn from the NFL

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A passionate, funny book of essays comparing soccer, often unfavorably, with American football At its best, European football is a glorious, uplifting, unifying sport. But it hasnt been at its best for some time. Disillusioned by corruption scandals, billionaire club owners, and an ever-smaller group of title challengers, Martin Calladine drifted away from the game that had defined 25 years of his life. He found solace in an unexpected place: American football. Despite the glitz and the endless ad breaks, the NFL has a curiously Corinthian purity: preventing teams buying success by sharing TV money equally, having a strict salary cap, and, with the draft, letting the worst teams get the pick of the best new players. The Ugly Game is a funny, angry book of essays for fans of European football setting out where the game has gone wrong and showing that, perhaps surprisingly, the NFL has many of the answers.

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Author Martin Calladine
Binding Paperback
Condition New
Pages 192
ISBN-13 9781785310072
Publisher Pitch Publishing


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