Book Review

Soccernomics by Kuper & Szymanski

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This is the sort of book that the traditional English manager would gladly use as a doorstop at the training ground, such are the challenges that it makes to the status quo. This is an analytical book which takes an economists perspective on various football topics.

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Bamboo Goalposts by Rowan Simons

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I read this one a couples of years ago, and although it is a pretty lengthy read at 400 pages, it was well worth the effort. The book is written by Rowan Simons, who has lived in China for over 20 years, and has indulged his passion for football, from setting up lunch-time 5 a side games with work colleagues through to setting up his own football club.

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Corner flags and corner shops (the Asian football experience) – by Bains & Johal

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Another good read (seem to be picking them well at the moment) which looks at the experience of Asians in the British game. The book charts the experiences of the co-authors in British football and many of the chapters also contain tales from other contributors, from Jimmy the promising player turned coach, to Abdul the Aston Villa club shop apprentice turned commercial manager.

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Pointless – a season with Britain’s worst football team by Jeff Connor

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An excellent read which charts Connor as he is granted open access to all things East Stirlingshire for the 2004/05 season. For the princely sum of £2,000 he is able to join the fold of Britain’s worst football team, meet the board for pre-season, stand in on all the team talks, travel on the team bus, and take on the temporary role as emergency kit man.

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