From the publisher:
Power Players: Football in Propaganda, War and Revolution takes a fascinating look at the ugly side of the beautiful game. Football is increasingly becoming an instrument of political power. Dictators in the Middle East brutally bring players into line and present themselves in the stands as fathers of the people.
In Syria, stadiums were used as military bases and internment camps. But football is often also directed against the state. In Yugoslavia, Ukraine and the Arab world, 'ultras' and hooligans have fought on the front line in revolutions, and gone to war.
Award-winning journalist Ronny Blaschke brings these battles to life, having researched them across four continents. He traces how power in football is shifting as club investors from China, Russia and the Gulf States secure economic influence in Europe for their governments. Blaschke explores the interplay between politics, history, religion and football to shine a light on a subject poorly understood and seldom discussed...
Ronny Blaschke is one of the most respected sports journalists in Germany. For almost 20 years he has covered political issues in football - especially violence, racism and abuse of power. Blaschke has written five books and received numerous awards, including 'Football Book of the Year' and 'Sports Journalist of the Year'. He incorporates his research into political education and has given hundreds of lectures. .