On 27 December 1948, rioting broke out during a match between Belfast Celtic and Linfield. Jimmy Jones, a prolific goalscorer for Belfast Celtic, was dragged from the pitch by the opposing fans, and beaten so badly that his career was ended. And with that ended the existence of Belfast Celtic after fifty-eight years in the game. In Political Football Barry Flynn traces the development of the team from its beginnings, in an attempt to discover the reasons behind the tragic events. Like that of every football club, the story of Belfast Celtic is one of victories and defeats. Theirs, however, is a story riddled with violence and hatred culminating in near-murder.Political Football reveals how the political and social unrest that took hold of the city of Belfast was refelcted in the history of the club, how tensions between two communities spilled onto both the pitch and the terraces, with devastating consequences.
Growing up in darkest Scotland as the son of the local poacher and then rampaging across Europe with a pack of Rangers hooligans is not the best preparation for high office in Australia. Father at 18, professional footballer at 20, Lawrie McKinna was living the dream until he uprooted for Australia at 25 to play in the NSL. Then he became a successful coach (NSL, A-League and China) and ultimately was elected to political office as an independent after being courted by both mainstream parties due to his massive popularity. These pages chronicle his journey, telling his dangerous truth with fearless candour, infectious enthusiasm and a wicked sense of humour.
The desperate greed of two billionaires fighting to own a National Football League franchise propels this fast-paced fictional account of a stadium financing battle in Los Angles- one of several cities struggling with the high economic, political, and social costs of attracting professional sports teams. The controversy begins when Garrison Hancock witnesses the attempted assassination of his boss, California Congressman Trevor Baldridge. As the legislative director for Congressman Baldridge, Garrison is soon drawn in to a vicious battle between two of the most powerful men in Los Angeles. With the help of a beautiful reporter and a menacing private investigator, Garrison attempts to unravel the crisis, unwittingly catapulting himself into an explosive collision of sports, money, sex, murder, and politics-a high-stakes game of Political Football.
The astonishing true story of how North Korean Gold and Fantasy Middle Eastern Money lay behind the 2009 takeover of Notts County Football Club and the catastrophic purchase of BMW Sauber; how the football deal brought Sven Goran Eriksson to Meadow Lane and how it all eventually fell apart in a blizzard of recrimination, deception and international arrest warrants. Written by the lawyer who was at the centre of events during that extraordinary, unforgettable summer.
Biography & Autobiography by Anthony F. Loporchio Jr.
In this provocative and informative chronicle of a veteran public school teacher's journey, Anthony F. Loporchio, Jr. dissects the bureaucratic politics that interfere with teaching and learning, with a full disclosure of how the unfortunate integration of politics into education completely altered his career and life. Author Loporchio brings forth more than thirty years' experience to offer considerable expert commentary on the psychology of adolescence, the impact of social media, the challenges of leadership, and the critical role parents play in the evolution of their children's lives. He proposes that people who are fortunate enough to attain prestigious positions often lose their humility and become ignorant to the plight of the classroom teacher. Chapters in the book include "Mr. Loporchio's Opus," in which he discusses his passion for teaching and what the opportunity to educate has meant to him in his life. In "The Principals of Learning" and "The Leadership Challenge," he examines the scenarios that bring to the forefront the question of what is politically correct vs. what is ethically and morally correct. The author brings things to full circle with an uncensored recapitulation of how he lost a prominent position and standing, followed by a very moving introduction of ten of his former students and their post-high school endeavors. For anyone pondering a career in education, to a young practitioner attempting to establish themselves in the profession, to a veteran educator struggling to find reasons to stay in the profession, Intercepting the Political Football is a must-read. Anthony F. Loporchio, Jr. began teaching in 1990 in the Rhode Island Public School System while completing his undergraduate and graduate coursework at Rhode Island College and Providence College. In addition to his classroom teaching, he served as social studies department chairperson for nine years and yearbook advisor for twenty-two years at a prestigious Rhode Island high school. When not focused on his teaching, Mr. Loporchio enjoys adding to his collection of celebrity autographs, Hot Wheels, and Magic: The Gathering cards. This is the author's second published book.
Football in Central-Eastern and Eastern Europe has long functioned as a carrier of the three “non-normal” socio-political drivers that were effective below the surface of modernity, including the official self-image of European political systems, since the second half of the 20th century: Tribal Politics, Imaginal Politics, and Contextual Politics. All three are trends that are currently surfacing prominently on an international and global level. Long before the return of the now proverbial “Political Tribes” by the means of populisms and neo-authoritarianisms in societies around the world, football in Central-Eastern and Eastern Europe worked as a subconscious vehicle of group instincts and political moods that represented, mirrored, informed and influenced political behavior and governmental decisions both in the post-WWII communist and then, after 1989, the neo-capitalist societies located east of the former iron curtain. Football has always been used by both governments and their opponents, including the dissident civil society, to further coherence and to symbolically represent specific readings of power relations, system ideologies and history. Football in Central and Eastern Europe was always able to attract and include large parts of the population, inducing them to symbolically express protest against the government or to sustain the “politics from above”. Through football politics, aspects of the area’s specific political mechanisms are introduced and explained.
The second edition of this indispensable guide to British (not American) football contains over 7,000 entries arranged in fourteen chapters. With greatly increased coverage of football films and music, every facet of association football from 1863 to the present is covered. Knowledgeable essays, reviews, and annotations guide the reader through the wealth of UK literature. This is a significant addition to the literature of association football, and required reading for collectors and fans of the game.
From its working-class roots to commercialisation and resistance to it - this is football history for the politically conscious fan. Football is a multi-billion pound industry. Professionalism and commercialisation dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by money-makers and corrupt politicians. Soccer vs. The State traces its amazing history.
Brazil has done much to shape football/soccer, but how has soccer shaped Brazil? Despite the political and social importance of the beautiful game to the country, the subject has hitherto received little attention. This book presents groundbreaking work by historians and researchers from Brazil, the United States, Britain and France, who examine the political significance, in the broadest sense, of the sport in which Brazil has long been a world leader. The authors consider questions such as the relationship between soccer, the workplace and working class culture; the formation of Brazilian national identity; race relations; political and social movements; and the impact of the sport on social mobility. Contributions to the book range in time from the late nineteenth century, when the British first introduced the sport to Brazil, to the present day, as the 'country of soccer' prepares itself to host the 2014 World Cup, painting a vivid picture of the many ways in which soccer exists and functions in Brazil, both on and off the pitch.