Synopses & Reviews
Surpassing even the Olympics in terms of revenue, Soccer's annual turnover is at present $375 billion worldwide.
- Millions of British are passionate about soccer or football, and a large and rapidly growing number of Americans are now just as avidly following England's Premiership football.
With more than 80 illustrations, this is an up- to-date look at the English national pastime, football, with its a noble past, extraordinary present and an unimaginable future.
- Looks at mad managers, ridiculous salaries, bizarre player trades, violence, racism and nationalism Explores the hero culture and the effect and influence of TV and satellite coverage.
From its humble origins in the late 19th century, the game of football has reached far beyond the field itself to become the most lucrative and the most popular sport in the world. Yet little more than a decade ago, English football was in a state of terminal decline, pockmarked by disasters, plagued by hooliganism and tainted by racism. What has happened to change football so dramatically? The Only Game is the first book to present a broad historical sweep of the game, harnessing the incredible events of the last ten years. Jim Walvin explores in detail the years of violence, racism and ultimately tragedy, on football's crumbling terraces during the 1970s and '80s and then goes on to show how the game has been transformed since the formation of the Premier League in 1992. The marriage of football and BskyB television saw dizzying amounts of money flooding into the game and as the players have become millionaires with celebrity status, the fans have returned to the game in huge numbers, en routebuying football merchandise on an epic scale. The Only Game also looks into how the British game has been saved not only by the massive influx of cash but also by becoming more cosmopolitan, embracing the skills of foreign players and relishing in our success in international competitions. Walvin's quirky observations and compelling stories on the game combine to give a fresh reappraisal of how the people's game has become the only game for millions of people around the world.
James Walvin is the author of The People's Game which has been in print for almost 30 years.
The national game has a colourful past, an extraordinary present and an unimaginable future. The Only Game is the first total history of football - the clubs, the managers, the matches, and the stars. Moving from its early origins, through the popular explosion of the last century, to the world sport which now reaches well beyond the pitch, The Only Game is the book all football fans have been waiting for. Revisiting the incredible events of the last ten years, James Walvin covers in detail the years of violence, racism, and ultimately tragedy, that brought English football to its knees, and how the game was saved.
Table of Contents
1. This island now.
2. Gentlemen and players: pre-1914.
3. Coming of