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Philosophy and Football: The PFFC Story

Geoff Andrews, Filippo Ricci

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From the publisher:

Philosophy and Football: The PFFC Story is the extraordinary account of how a team of friends kicking a ball about in Regent's Park was transformed by European travel in the shadow of Brexit. Playing in shirts adorned with the words of Camus, Shankly and Cantona among others, Philosophy Football FC created its own philosophy in opposition to modern football. Its occasional players travelled from London to take part in tournaments in unique venues such as a national football stadium in Rome, a Spanish bullring in Bilbao and Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Practising its 'slow foot' philosophy, it exported the idea of a revolutionary and more complex three-sided football. Inspired by European culture, PFFC was transformed from a team that regularly lost heavily to winning three consecutive London league championships. Over 25 years PFFC attracted players from 24 countries and six continents.

Its story illustrates the power of football to reach people from all walks of life: to travel, play, eat, drink, win and lose together.

The author:

Geoff Andrews is a historian in the politics department of The Open University. In 1995, he set up Philosophy Football FC, which suffered many mud-soaked defeats before Filippo Ricci, an Italian journalist brought up in Rome, arrived in London and demanded a cultural revolution on and off the pitch. Grass, rain, food, philosophy and football cemented a firm friendship that would ultimately lead to the creation of this book.

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Pitch
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
224 pages
May 2022
English
9781801500999