From the publisher:
Football is at the heart of British culture - yet never has it been in greater turmoil. Once, football stood for passion, community, honour, even beauty. The game is in danger of losing its lifeblood - and its soul.
In The Beautiful Game? David Conn, the game's most respected investigative journalist, sets out on a journey through the heart of our national game, exploring how the sport has failed - and who is to blame. This is a book for those who keep the faith, who believe that the sport itself, stripped of the greed and self-interest blighting its organisation, still has values, and can still be beautiful.
'For a fascinating insight into the causes, and the creators, of the game's ills this is a superbly told tale' - Independent
David Conn is football's foremost investigative journalist. He was Sports Reporter of the year in 2004 and is the author of The Football Business (Mainstream, 1997).