The Club
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, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold. Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly two hundred countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul. Deeply researched and drawing on one hundred exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team, The Club is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.

The Club Details

TitleThe Club
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-139781328506450
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Soccer, History, Nonfiction

The Club Review

  • Sumit RK
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 were crumbling, football hooligans were driving away the genuine fans and the premier league did not even have a proper TV deal. The book tracks how owners of the top clubs in England finally rebelled against this system and formed the league in 1992. From a slow start to the world’s biggest sporting league, this book tracks the entire history of the English Premier League. This book is divided into 4 sections. First covers the pre league history and the formation of the league. Second section cover the rise of Manchester United, Arsenal, the rise and fall of Blackburn Rovers. Others cover the invasion of foreign billionaires and how their riches transformed club like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City , remarkable stories about other clubs and some memorable characters. Finally the books covers how the premier league is transforming and how the English and World football is transforming due to the Premier League. The book is not just plain history but has lot of behind the scenes stories, interview snippets and unknown facts. The history is mostly chronological and covers some fascinating stories about clubs, players, managers and key events in the league’s history. It also covers how business of the league evolved and how the clubs transformed themselves to global business entities.The research is impeccable and covers dozens of interviews with the men who created the EPL. At times, it may feel that the book focuses more on individuals than the clubs but the topics are mixed well. Great care is taken to avoid making it feel like a history book but rather like a novel. Overall, The Club is unique, informative and entertaining at the same time. If you are a football fan or even mildly curious about the Premier League, you will enjoy this book. Many Thanks to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the authors Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg for the ARC.
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  • Greville Waterman
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 new but this was an entertaining and interesting read that does exactly what it says on the tin.It fully deserves to be a success.
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  • Jeffrey Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 professional sports journalists who grew up in England and covered the EPL for more than a decade. They have lived the subject, their research is impeccable and they landed dozens and dozens of interviews with the men who created the EPL. It's testimony to their credibility as journalists that many of those men have never spoken about this to anyone, ever before. I always tell young authors to write fiction like non-fiction (so that everything you say sounds like you saw it first hand) and to write non-fiction like fiction - beginning, middle and end, plot character and setting - so it reads like a great novel. They've managed it with skill and their experience as storytellers shows. The Club is unique - compelling, funny, insightful, informative - and should be a must read for anyone who wants the inside story of the most disruptive, maddening and insane sports league in the world.
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  • Fritzov
    January 1, 1970
    With out a doubt top 5 book of the year. Well researched and excellent narrated about english top division on the footy.
  • Georgette
    January 1, 1970
    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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