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The Cambridge Companion to Football
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Football is the world's most popular sport. It is a cultural phenomenon and a global media spectacle. For its billions of fans, it serves as a common language. But where does its enduring popularity come from? Featuring essays from prominent experts in the field, scholars and journalists, this Companion covers ground seldom attempted in a single volume about football. It examines the game's oft-disputed roots and traces its development through Europe, South America and Africa, analysing whether resistance to the game is finally beginning to erode in China, India and the United States. It dissects the cult of the manager and how David Beckham redefined sporting celebrity. It investigates the game's followers, reporters and writers, as well as its most zealous money makers and powerful administrators. A valuable resource for students, scholars and general readers, The Cambridge Companion to Football is a true and faithful companion for anyone fascinated by the people's game.

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Further Reading

The following list, compiled from selections by this volume’s contributors, encompasses titles recommended for their insight and sheer enjoyment but not previously referenced.

Adamson, R., Bogota Bandit: The Outlaw Life of Charlie Mitten. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1996.
Allison, M., Soccer for Thinkers. London: Pelham, 1967.
AppletonA., Hotbed of Soccer: The Story of Football in the North-East. London: Rupert Hart-Davies, 1960.
Armstrong, G., and Guilianotti, R., Entering the Field: New Perspectives on World Football. Oxford: Berg, 1997.
Armstrong, G., and Giulianotti, R., eds., Football in Africa: Conflict, Conciliation and Community. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Arnold, A.J., A Game That Would Pay: A Business History of Professional Football in Bradford. London: Duckworth, 1988.
Auclair, P., Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King. London: Macmillan, 2009.
Auf Der Heyde, P., Has Anybody Got a Whistle: A Football Reporter in Africa. Manchester: Parrs Woods Press, 2002.
Beck, P., Scoring for Britain. International Football and International Politics, 1900–1939. London: Frank Cass, 1999.
Bloomfield, S., Africa United: How Football Explains Africa. Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2010.
Bower, T., Broken Dreams: Vanity, Greed and the Souring of British Football. London: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Burke, G., Parma: Notes from a Year in Serie A. London: Gollancz, 1998.
Calzia, F., and Castellani, M., Pallaavvelenata. Torino: Bradipolibri 2003.
Catton, James A.H., Wickets and Goals, London: Chapman and Hall, 1926.
Chapman, P., The Goalkeeper’s History of Britain. London: Fourth Estate, 2000.
Chastain, B., It’s Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
Cosgrove, S., Hampden Babylon: Sex and Scandal in Scottish Football. Edinburgh: Canongate, 1991.
Cowley, J., The Last Game: Love, Death and Football. London: Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Davies, P., I Lost My Heart to the Belles. London: Mandarin, 1996.
Dunphy, E., A Strange Kind of Glory: Sir Matt Busby and Manchester United. London: Heinemann, 1991.
Eisenberg, C., Lanfranchi, P., Mason, T. and Wahl, A., 100 Years of Football: The FIFA Centennial Book. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2004.
Ferguson, R., Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil: A Chronicle of Coal, Cowdenbeath and Football. Aberdeenshire: Northern Books, 1993.
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Gibson, A., and Pickford, W., Association Football and the Men Who Made It. London: Caxton, 1905–06.
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Giulianotti, R., and Robertson, R., Globalization and Football. London: Sage, 2009.
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Hamilton, I., ‘Gazza Agonistes’, from Granta 45. London: Granta Books, 1993.
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Holden, J., Stan Cullis: The Iron Manager. Derby: Breedon, 2000.
Inglis, S., The Football Grounds of England and Wales. London: Willow Books, 1983.
James, B., England v Scotland. London, Pelham 1969.
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Kelly, S., The Boot Room Boys: Inside the Anfield Boot Room. London: Collins Willow, 1999.
King, A., The End of the Terrace: The Transformation of English Football. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1998.
Kuper, S., Football Against The Enemy. London: Orion, 1994.
Lawton, J., James Lawton: On Football. Stockport: Dewi Lewis Media, 2007.
Leogrande, A., (ed.), Il pallone é tondo. Napoli: L’Ancora, 2005.
Longman, J., The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed the World. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2001.
McGinniss, J., The Miracle of Castel di Sangro. London: Little, Brown, 1999.
Midwinter, E., Parish to Planet: How Football Came to Rule the World. Worthing: Know the Score, 2007.
Miller, D., England’s Last Glory: The Boys of 66. London: Pavilion, 1986.
Napolitano, S., and Liguori, M., Il pallonenel burrone. Rome: Riuniti, 2004.
Nelson, G., Left Foot Forward: A Year in the Life of a Journeyman Footballer. London: Headline, 1996.
Nelson, M. B., The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football: Sexism and the Culture of Sport. London: Women’s Press, 1996.
Newsham, G., In a League of Their Own. London: Scarlet, 1998.
Novick, J., In a League of Their Own – Football’s Maverick Managers. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1995.
Pannick, D., Sex Discrimination in Sport. London: Equal Opportunities, 1983.
Parks, T., A Season with Verona. London: Secker and Warburg, 2002.
Pennacchia, M., Il Generale Vaccaro. Rome: Nuove Idee, 2008.
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Reng, R., The Keeper of Dreams. London: Yellow Jersey, 2004.
Reng, R., A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke. London: Yellow Jersey, 2011.
Richards, H., The Swansea City Alphabet. Cardiff: St David’s Press, 2009.
Seddon, P., A Football Companion. London: British Library, 1999.
Signy, D., and Giller, N., Golden Heroes: Fifty Seasons of Footballer of the Year. London: Chameleon, 1997.
Stead, P., and Richards, H., For Club and Country: Welsh Football Greats. University of Wales Press, 1999.
Steen, R., The Mavericks: English Football When Flair Wore Flares. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1994.
Stelling, J., Jelleyman’s Thrown a Wobbler: Saturday Afternoons in Front of the Telly. London: HarperSport, 2009.
Studd, S., Herbert Chapman: Football Emperor. London: Souvenir, 1998.
Tabner, B., Through the Turnstiles. Harefield: Yore Publications, 1992.
Ticher, M., (ed.), Foul: The Best of Football’s Alternative Paper. London: Simon & Schuster, 1988.
Tischler, S., Footballers and Businessmen: The Origins of Professional Football in England. New York: Homes Meyer, 1981.
Vialli, G., and Marcotti, G., The Italian Job. London: Bantam Press, 2006.
Wagg, S., The Football World. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1984.
Wagg, S., Giving the Game Away: Football, Politics and Culture on Five Continents. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1995.
Wahl, A., and Lanfranchi, P., Les footballeurs professionnels des annees trente a nos jours. Paris: Hachette, 1995.
Walvin, J., The People’s Game. The History of Football Revisited. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1994.
Whannel, G., Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport. London: Pluto Press, 1983.
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Williamson, D., The Belles of the Ball. Devon: R & D Associates, 1991.
Winner, D., Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football. London: Bloomsbury, 2000.
Yallop, David, How They Stole the Game. London: Poetic Publishing, 1999.
Young, P., A History of British Football. London: Stanley Paul, 1968.
Young, P., Football Year. London: Sportsman’s Book Club, 1958.


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