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The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports

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The Club is the previously untold inside story of how English soccer’s Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet.
 
This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire. No one knew it when their experiment began, b
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Sumit RK
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everybody knows anything can happen in the Premier League. #Quote

If you are a football (soccer) fan or even if you aren’t, you must be aware of the English Premier League. The Club is the true story of the meteoric rise of the English Premier League from it’s humble beginnings to becoming the richest & the most dominant sporting leagues in the world.

The Club begins before the advent of the Premier League in 1980’s when the game of football in England was in dire straits. The stadiums we
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Spencer Emmerson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward.
Ian
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a must-read if you're a fan of sports, business books, or want to know how a soccer league from England has taken over the world.
Greville Waterman
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A rollocking, racy read by two Wall Street Journal writers about the rise and rise of the Premier League.

Predominantly aimed at an American audience the two writers rehash much of what has already been told before elsewhere - mainly it is true to say for the UK market - and manage to repackage it in an interesting and attractive manner.

They have certainly done their homework and have managed to interview most of the main protagonists.

As a football junkie I cannot say that I learned much that was
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Jeffrey Robinson
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I have the same last name as one of the authors. That's not by accident. Guilty as charged, your honor. That said, allow me this simple statement of fact - The Club is a terrific book. It is not just a sports book about soccer, it is also the story of the business of the English Premier League. Honestly, it's one of the best narrative non-fiction books I've read in a long time, right up there with Liar's Poker and Barbarians at the Gate. It really is that good. Both authors are ...more
David Neto
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the institution responsible for producing and selling the most exciting games in world, and how much it changed since its foundation. Like all things, English football is an ever changing body, and as a male humanoid who enjoys ...more
Austin Coad
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues history (such as landmark television deals orchestrated by Rupert Murdoch, the Bosman trial, Russian/Oil Tycoon billionaires, and Leicester City winning the league) shaped the way business, economics, marketing, and cul ...more
Stephane
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me, you wouldn't be surprised at the skulduggery involved or vast sums of money swirling around the sport. It forensically takes a look at the Chelsea and Manchester City buyouts, the role foreign managers and players ...more
Tom
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League’s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch the Premier League on NBCSN. The book discusses the many characters instrumental in the league’s growth, both familiar and less so, as well as the forces that threaten it. It isn’t really a spoiler to say those force ...more
Maxwell Schneider
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
The most comprehensive view of the EPL from the rich men who started it, fueled its boom, sold it to even richer men, and brought it to the absurd and scary heights it is at today. For anybody wondering how we came to be able to watch any EPL match in the States on any given day or about where the league is headed (European super-league no doubt) this is a fascinating read.
Dave
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
the EPL is just reently on my "radar screen" I'm one of those people who enjoys getting up on a Saturday morning and watching the games. So this was a book to familarize me with the history of the league, and its incredible growth in the past 20 years.
Abner
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
There were times when this book got too long for me - when the anecdotes were far too detailed - but I enjoyed reading the back story of the EPL and the various personalities that are/were a part of it.
Patrick
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sport
Very good review of the Premier League history. The authors deal with all the main issues in the past 27 years and how the league has grown. I have been a fan of Manchester United for almost 45 years but the money and corruption of the modern game has spoiled the sport. All of this is well covered.
B
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2019
Great overview of the business behind the Premier League
Jon Kaslow
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Does exactly what it promises. As a soccer fan it's highly enjoyable and gives a great sense of history.
Fritzov
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, sports
With out a doubt top 5 book of the year. Well researched and excellent narrated about english top division on the footy.
Mariya
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Michael Travis
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quality read, educational for a US bumpkin like myself catching up about the recent history of the greatest league in the world. This is a good book for a personal library.
Georgette
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Not a big fan of soccer, but this was a wildly informative and entertaining little look at the English Premiere Soccer league. Not bad at all!
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Joshua Robinson is the European sports correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated.