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Modern Football is Rubbish: An A-z of All That Is Wrong with the Beautiful Game [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Nick Davidson

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14. August 2008
Nick Davidson and Shaun Hunt are going through a midlife crisis as far as football is concerned. Now they've reached early middle-age they are wondering what has happened to the beautiful game. Where have all the muddy pitches gone?. They wallow in nostalgia for 3pm Saturday kick-offs and cup upsets and they rant against inflated egos, spiralling salaries and satellite TV. And they wonder about men in tights and gloves.

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If there is a more delightfully esoteric football book published in the next 12 months, I for one would like to see it -- Richard Whitehead The Times

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Nick works as a freelance graphic designer (he designed the cover artwork for Modern Football is Rubbish) and studied History and Politics at Warwick University, he then completed an MA in Sociology of Sport at Leicester University's Centre for Research into Sport and Society. Shaun works as a manager for a fast food chain and also studied History at Warwick University between 1990-93. Nick and Shaun played in the same football team at university, it took them several months to realise they were actually on the same degree course. Born and raised in Cornwall, supporting Liverpool was the obvious choice.


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1.0 von 5 Sternen not enough humor 13. August 2011
Von Brian Maitland - Veröffentlicht auf
I know British people love to whine (or whinge) about everything. I was expecting more of a fun tongue-in-cheek look at the modern game of football that has become less of a sport at the top level for fans and more of a corporate entity. I am with them in most aspects especially the lack of goals (and actual action around the nets) in the modern game.

The problem I have with the whole thing is when criticizing the quality of football. You can whine all you want about the big four (Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and to a much lesser extent Liverpool...although now maybe more big bucks Man City has bumped Liverpool out of the top four) dominating the EPL but overall the EPL is arguably showcasing a far better brand of football than the past era the author pines for. After all, maybe we were spoiled in the '80s by Liverpool's passing but further down the table it wasn't all "champagne" football.

After all, Rodney Marsh left England back in the '70s to play in sunny Florida with the Tampa Bay Rowdies after describing on the game in his homeland as "Football is a grey game played by grey people on grey days." The football the authors seem to forget was not exactly all George Best dribbling round everyone to score spectacular goals. It was more Norman Hunter bites yer legs.

So I was expecting much more humor in the writing as I do agree that much of modern football is rubbish but also much of football throughout history has been rubbish period and always has been. It is a very low scoring game with very little action (yes, people talk about the "non-stop" action of football but have they actually watched matches. I don't see non-stop movement let alone action around the goal at most football matches) and I actually like "football." I just don't go on and on about it being supposedly the greatest sport invented by man. Popularity does not equal quality as any fan with, say, musical taste will know.

There is a goldmine of material as to why the modern game of football is rubbish, especially on why the premier event in football--the World Cup Finals--has not had a truly spectacular tournament since about 1986 when Diego Maradona put his stamp on the tournament (OK, 1998 came close but 1990 was the worst and the past two in 2006 and 2010 were pretty much forgettable overall).

Anyway, I got tired of the complaining. It's one thing to complain but another to do it with a sense of humor and some perspective on the game as a whole. Everyone gets nostalgic for their youth and nothing ever replaces the sheer joy of discovering anything at the age of 12. Some of us grow out of that and see that you really cannot look backward through rose-colored glasses.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A real memory jerker for 'mature' football fans 7. April 2009
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I received this book as a gift from another football fan and thoroughly enjoyed it. One or two page sections taking you through a multitude of memories and reminding the reader of just how much football has changed during the past 30 years. The book is well written and well researched and obviously written by real fans. There is no deliberate pumping up of any one team although some of the top Premier League teams are obviously not exactly favorites.
A good read for any fan and I can personally confirm that as a present it holds it's own very well.
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