Football is the most popular sport on the planet partly because
it's so simple to play - but as philosopher, novelist and avid fan
Stephen Mumford shows, behind the straightforward rules of the game
there lurks a world of intriguing complexity. Mumford considers the
intellectual basis upon which football rests, guiding readers
through a number of issues at the heart of the game. How can a team
be greater than the sum of its individual players? What is the
essential role of chance? Should we want to win at all costs? What
does it mean to control space? And can true beauty be found in
football? Rich with colourful examples from football's past and
present, Mumford's book is both a love letter to football and a
reflection on its enduring capacity to enthral and excite.
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