'The assertion that 'football isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that' has been veri fied repeatedly throughout modern history.
It has bolstered tyrants and helped depose them; contributed to con flict and created cease fires.
It has been an incubator of racism at home and helped bring down a racist regime abroad; shaped cities, changed cultures and inspired resistance.
Its impact is as dynamic as the game itself. In this fascinating exploration, Jim Murphy takes us on a journey around the world and through the years, from Franco's Spain to Africa's Alcatraz, Robben Island.
Charting the match that sparked a Central American war, the Barcelona team threatened at gunpoint, and the game that helped save Rupert Murdoch's media empire, among much else, Murphy lends a fresh new perspective to some of the most iconic moments in international football.
Blending a love of the game with an appreciation of its place in global events, this is an authoritative and often humorous mix of sport and history, featuring fascinating first-hand insights from those most involved in the ten matches that changed the world - and the one that didn't.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Biteback Publishing
- Publication Date: 09/06/2014
- Category: Football (Soccer, Association football)
- ISBN: 9781849546980