10 Football Matches That Changed the World
The assertion that football isnt a matter of life or death, its much more important than that has been verified repeatedly throughout modern history. It has bolstered tyrants and helped depose them, contributed to conflict and created ceasefires. 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 Francos Spain to Africas 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 Murdochs 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 didnt.
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