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  • Published: 9 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473537927
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

State of Play

Under the Skin of the Modern Game




Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men, Living on the Volcano and No Hunger in Paradise returns with his magnum opus on the state of modern football

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men, Living on the Volcano and No Hunger in Paradise returns with his magnum opus on the state of modern football

First he revealed the extraordinary lives of football scouts in The Nowhere Men.

Next he unearthed the pressures on football managers in Living on the Volcano.

Then he chronicled the hardships of young players striving to make it in No Hunger in Paradise.


Now in State of Play, in what marks the pinnacle of a career investigating the human stories of football, award-winning writer Michael Calvin turns his eye to the biggest story of all - the game itself.


From mental health to money, concussion to Champions league, fan-owners to oligarchs, women's football to world cups, Calvin gets under the skin of the beautiful game, and reveals why it is truly the game of our lives.


Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with leading figures around the world, from Arsene Wenger to Steven Gerrard, Calvin reveals the winners, the losers, the politics, the pleasure, the hope, and the despair of the world's most popular sport.

  • Pub date: 9 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473537927
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin, one of the UK’s most accomplished sportswriters, has worked in more than eighty countries, covering every major sporting event, including seven summer Olympic Games and six World Cup finals. He was named Sports Writer of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round-the-world yacht race and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year.

He is a bestselling author, whose book The Nowhere Men won the Times Sports Book of the Year prize in 2014. He became the first author to receive the award in successive years, when Proud, his collaboration with former Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas, was named Sports Book of the Year in 2015.

In the same year the second book of his football trilogy, Living On The Volcano, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. No Nonsense, his collaboration with Joey Barton, was nominated for the award in 2016.

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Praise for State of Play

“One of the issues Calvin explores in his most recent book State of Play is the need for more emotionally intelligent managers and coaches in football, as epitomised by England manager Gareth Southgate.”

CNN Sport

“As enthralling and insightful as any fans of Mike’s previous books would expect”

Matt Williams, Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year Podcast

“A grandstand view of the beautiful game . . . Calvin draws on his own frontline reporting as well as interviews with leading football figures to present an exhaustive portrait of the modern game.”

Radio Times

“Thought-provoking and well-wrought.”

The Sunday Times

“Michael Calvin has done the game a massive service with this broad ranging, hard-hitting and exceptionally well researched book and he has also written it in a beautiful, lucid prose style.”

Greville Waterman Review

“The most vivid, revealing insight into contemporary British football that you are ever likely to read.”

Tottenham on My Mind, blog

“Very few books about football are truly essential, but this is now one of them.”

TIFO

“State Of Play is Mike Calvin’s finest work to date.”

Phil Catchpole, BBC Sport commentator

“Essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in football”

Barry Glendenning, Guardian

“Heartbreaking and funny, State Of Play is essential reading on many burning issues in the modern game.”

FourFourTwo

“Praise for No Hunger In Paradise: Another landmark work from Mike Calvin, who has taken us beyond the surface of football to show its true workings. Ground-breaking reportage with a heart and a conscience. A service to the game ”

Paul Hayward, Telegraph

“Praise for Living on the Volcano: An eye-raising insight into the realities of life in the dugout”

The Times, Books of the Year

“Praise for The Nowhere Men: A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told”

Guardian


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