State of play soccer book

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State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game by Michael Calvin

*** Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men, Living on the Volcano and No Hunger in Paradise returns with his magnum opus on the state of modern football ***

First he revealed the extraordinary lives of football scouts in The Nowhere Men.
Next he unearthed the pressures on football managers in Living on the Volcano.
Then he chronicled the hardships of young players striving to make it in No Hunger in Paradise.

Now in State of Play, in what marks the pinnacle of a career investigating the human stories of football, award-winning writer Michael Calvin turns his eye to the biggest story of all - the game itself.

From mental health to money, concussion to Champions league, fan-owners to oligarchs, womens football to world cups, Calvin gets under the skin of the beautiful game, and reveals why it is truly the game of our lives.

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with leading figures around the world, from Arsene Wenger to Steven Gerrard, Calvin reveals the winners, the losers, the politics, the pleasure, the hope, and the despair of the worlds most popular sport.
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State of Play : Under the Skin of the Modern Game

Tim Wigmore. Modern football is angrier, more brutal, more unequal and simply more relentless than ever before. The sense of a football club being rooted to its locality has been shattered. The standard of play at the top of English club football has never been better. Though huge obstacles remain, progress is being made to combat homophobia and racism. Look closely enough and, Calvin asserts, the game still retains a beating heart which separates it from the corporate entertainment that many administrators seem to mistake it for.

Then he chronicled the hardships of young players striving to make it in No Hunger in Paradise. Now in State of Play, in what marks the pinnacle of a career investigating the human stories of football, award-winning writer Michael Calvin turns his eye to the biggest story of all - the game itself. From mental health to money, concussion to Champions league, fan-owners to oligarchs, women's football to world cups, Calvin gets under the skin of the beautiful game, and reveals why it is truly the game of our lives. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with leading figures around the world, from Arsene Wenger to Steven Gerrard, Calvin reveals the winners, the losers, the politics, the pleasure, the hope, and the despair of the world's most popular sport. He has covered every major sporting event, including seven summer Olympic Games and six World Cup finals.

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State Of Play: The heartbeat of modern football

Another ingredient, in hindsight, was his distance from the sport: Hopcraft was really more screenwriter than football journalist and his curiosity was extremely broad. He also has much more to work with and attack. That first chapter is an appropriate mood-setter, too. This is a very serious book, dealing with some weighty themes. There are anecdotatal passages, too, with Sean Dyche in fine, erudite form in discussing the social atmosphere within which top-flight games are now contested. The focus is La Masia, of course, but the undertone portrays just how vulnerable principles have become and how unprotected even clubs like Barcelona are from the whims of the oil states and oligarchs. In essence, State Of Play is the culmination of a series of books.

We all have sliding doors moments in our lives. It is inherent in the people. It is built into the urban psyche, as much a common experience to our children as are uncles and school. The way we play the game, organise it and reward it reflects the kind of community we are. We see a society, which is becoming increasingly fragmented and shallow to a degree, and increasingly elitist. Evidence of football as a working-class game, which to me as a working-class lad and a council house boy, I still cling to that belief that it is a working-class game — the more evidence we see of cheese rooms at the new Tottenham stadium, or the glass look-at-me tunnel in Manchester City at the Etihad — to really see things like that, basically the genuflection for tourist culture in the Premier League now, the more you realise the game is growing away from what it should represent and who it should represent. General view of the Jeff Astle gates outside The Hawthorns.

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