Few governments have changed the world inthe way that football continues to. The game is more than just a sport. Fromthe moment it was codified and taken out of England's public schools it has beenthe constant companion of change across the globe. It has bolstered tyrants and helped deposethem; contributed to conflict and caused wars to temporarily abate. It has beenan incubator of racism at home and helped bring down a racist regime abroad;shaped cities, changed cultures, and inspired resistance. Its impact is asdynamic, contradictory, and compelling as the game itself.
Forthe first time the stories of the most important football matches ever playedare brought together. These include the truth about the meetings that ignited the Madrid/Barcelona rivalry and the division and disagreement in Glasgow, and that helped spark a Central American war. There are new insights into the games that helped change a Prime Minister and boost post-war Germany, as well as the 90 minutes when English football finally blew the whistle on racism. This history of football blends geo-politics, a fan's love of the game, and a historical appreciation of its place in global events. It includes the most famous game ever played - the 1914 Christmas Truce on the Western Front which paused a bloody war but changed very little. The book is an always authoritative and often humorous mix of sport, social, and diplomatic history, as well as a first-hand insight from some of those most involved in The 10 Matches that Changed the World.
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