The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports

The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports

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, b The Club is the previously untold inside story of how English soccer?s Premier League became the wildest, riches...

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Title:The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
Author:Joshua Robinson
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Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports Reviews

  • Clinton Hutchings
    Jan 31, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

  • Benjamin
    Jan 27, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

  • Peter Boyle
    Feb 24, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

  • Claire
    Feb 22, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

  • Pete
    Jul 09, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

  • Tom
    Jan 20, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

    Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League?s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch ...

  • David Neto
    Jan 07, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

  • Steve Johnson
    Feb 25, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

  • CT Ray
    Feb 16, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

    Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League?s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch ...

    Almost 4 stars but I felt a few chapters could have been dropped and some of the details trimmed to make this a tighter book. But overall as a fairly new Premier League fan I learned a LOT about the history of the league, the teams, the owners and the players. It's amazing to see ho...

  • Alexander Fitzgerald
    May 12, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

    Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League?s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch ...

    Almost 4 stars but I felt a few chapters could have been dropped and some of the details trimmed to make this a tighter book. But overall as a fairly new Premier League fan I learned a LOT about the history of the league, the teams, the owners and the players. It's amazing to see ho...

    It was a good read from my perspective of an MBA student. It described how money was made from an exciting product which was in ruins(comparatively) few years back. This is story of the birth of Premier League in 1992 and the consequent mega TV deals which it signed all over the globe....

    Very timely and well delivered. Another kind of gentrification perhaps. The business approach saved the beautiful game back in 1992. The same mind$et may as well destroy the beautiful game sooner or later. I particularly enjoyed the epilogue. Would there be any place left for TRUE s...

    I knew nothing about English Premier League football before this book, which seemed odd to me as a sports fan. So, for the hell of it, I picked it up. Great decision. Such a fun read from start to finish. When you hear about the nut cases who run these clubs and the risks they took....

  • Aaron Mcquiston
    Mar 04, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

  • Thekelburrows
    Feb 23, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

  • Mike Steinharter
    Jan 28, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

    Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League?s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch ...

    Almost 4 stars but I felt a few chapters could have been dropped and some of the details trimmed to make this a tighter book. But overall as a fairly new Premier League fan I learned a LOT about the history of the league, the teams, the owners and the players. It's amazing to see ho...

    It was a good read from my perspective of an MBA student. It described how money was made from an exciting product which was in ruins(comparatively) few years back. This is story of the birth of Premier League in 1992 and the consequent mega TV deals which it signed all over the globe....

    Very timely and well delivered. Another kind of gentrification perhaps. The business approach saved the beautiful game back in 1992. The same mind$et may as well destroy the beautiful game sooner or later. I particularly enjoyed the epilogue. Would there be any place left for TRUE s...

    I knew nothing about English Premier League football before this book, which seemed odd to me as a sports fan. So, for the hell of it, I picked it up. Great decision. Such a fun read from start to finish. When you hear about the nut cases who run these clubs and the risks they took....

    For someone like me who is a real fan of Premier League soccer, this is a great read. Not only insightful about the formation of the league, but some interesting stories about most of the relevant clubs we all watch, the owners, managers and strategies. It is well written, not a text b...

  • Lance
    Mar 05, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

  • Jim Buck
    Jun 02, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

  • Hashim Alsughayer
    Mar 12, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

  • Jeffrey Robinson
    Dec 04, 2018

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

  • Saurav Kumar
    Jan 22, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

    Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League?s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch ...

    Almost 4 stars but I felt a few chapters could have been dropped and some of the details trimmed to make this a tighter book. But overall as a fairly new Premier League fan I learned a LOT about the history of the league, the teams, the owners and the players. It's amazing to see ho...

    It was a good read from my perspective of an MBA student. It described how money was made from an exciting product which was in ruins(comparatively) few years back. This is story of the birth of Premier League in 1992 and the consequent mega TV deals which it signed all over the globe....

  • Dani Casey
    Jun 04, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

  • Greville Waterman
    Sep 10, 2018

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

  • Sumit RK
    Dec 11, 2018

    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 beginni...

  • Elda Mengisto
    May 19, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

  • Phil
    May 14, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

  • Austin Coad
    Jan 21, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

  • John Tyson
    May 11, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

  • Spencer Emmerson
    Jan 07, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

  • Tejas Sathian
    Jun 29, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

  • Ian
    Jan 08, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

  • DAER
    Mar 29, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...

    Loved this. So engaging and engrossing - no one has ever told the story of the Premier League like this before. I?m a Villa supporter - we spent 24 years in the Prem before being relegated and finding ourselves almost bankrupt on more than one occasion, so naturally this book is ...

    I don't rate many books as five star, unless perhaps written by Graham Greene. If you like English football and have followed the EPL the last quarter century then I believe this is a must read. I thought I knew a bit about the various clubs and characters but until I read this book I ...

    Outstanding, well researched and written story of the phenomenal growth of the English Premier League from its creation in 1992 from the Football League?s First Division to today. I recommend it for any football (soccer) fan, especially those who rise on Saturday and Sunday to watch ...

    Almost 4 stars but I felt a few chapters could have been dropped and some of the details trimmed to make this a tighter book. But overall as a fairly new Premier League fan I learned a LOT about the history of the league, the teams, the owners and the players. It's amazing to see ho...

    It was a good read from my perspective of an MBA student. It described how money was made from an exciting product which was in ruins(comparatively) few years back. This is story of the birth of Premier League in 1992 and the consequent mega TV deals which it signed all over the globe....

    Very timely and well delivered. Another kind of gentrification perhaps. The business approach saved the beautiful game back in 1992. The same mind$et may as well destroy the beautiful game sooner or later. I particularly enjoyed the epilogue. Would there be any place left for TRUE s...

  • Stephane
    Jan 13, 2019

    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 beginni...

    The Premier League is the most-watched football competition in the world, beamed to 185 countries, raking in millions for its wealthy owners. But this wasn't always the case. I'm old enough to remember the late 1980s, when boggy pitches and crumbling stadiums were the norm, and a live ...

    Could have been a bit shorter, otherwise this would have been five stars as there is a lot of great information and history on this league. Starting with the decision to award the TV contract to Sky, this book covers practically everything about the business side of the English Premier...

    The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (2018) by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg is a history of how the Premier League has become so globally popular. The book first covers the history of English soccer and particul...

    If you have the slightest interest in soccer or count yourself a sports fan in general, I recommend this book unconditionally. The recent history (~1980-present) of European soccer is fascinating because the market dynamics that shaped the sport?s growth are pretty different when com...

    [Rounded up from 3.5 stars] This was a lot of fun! It had a zippy tone that made it easy to get through while not dumbing things down, and it deep-dove enough to help shed some light on references I've heard on soccer podcasts but never fully understood (namely "It was just a bit of...

    This was a fabulous book! It had everything I wanted: strong emphasis on economics and the business side of the Premier league with a good discussion around various impactful players, managers and owners. An overall brief but nuanced history of the Premier league. While I'm sure I miss...

    Loved this book! I got tired of being abroad during the World Cup and not being about to engage in intelligent conversation about soccer, so last fall I chose a team (Liverpool was a natural choice because of its connection to two other loves in my life: The Beatles and the Red Sox) an...

    Terrific primer I really enjoyed this. Gives an overview of how the Premier League grew to what it is today. I have followed the Premier League for many years, and this helped me understand how it got up and running, and how it has developed. ...

    Some fun nuggets for fans. Spoiler: it's actually about a bunch of different clubs. ...

    Simply enthralling. The level of access is second to none and the pacing propels you forward. ...

    Extremely well-researched and reported book that takes you well behind the scenes of the formation of not only the most popular sports league on the planet, but perhaps one of the most well known businesses on earth. Even if you're not too familiar with the names involved, this is a mu...

    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 ...

    "The rise of the English Premier League is a story about the sports world's wildest gold rush. In the span of twenty-five years, the league's twenty clubs have increased their combined value by 10,000%, from around $100 million in 1992 to $15 billion today...How this happened is a tale...

    There is a continuous argument throughout the all soccer (football) world on which league is the best, the most talented, and the most exciting. The English Premier League is in the top three of everyone's list regardless of where they live globally, and this is because two things: tal...

    Entertaining business history (with some football mixed in) of modern English football. Hillsborough and the crisis of the sport in the 80s that made changes (terraces, searing, bathrooms) necessary. The founding moments of the Premier League and the big clubs? breakaway from subsidi...

    Let me start my review with this: I really liked this book. I know I took two stars from this book but the entertainment value that I took from reading this book was not a small amount. The book has many positives that would make any fan of the premier league enjoy reading it, or i...

    If your interest in the English Premier League (EPL) extends beyond the action on the pitch and into the clubby world of team owners and league executives, then you will love this book. Both authors are seasoned sports writers with a keen eye for the business side of this game they cov...

    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 t...

    Interesting read and fascinating take on the meanders of football's most famous and entertaining league. It helped me embark on a journey of reminiscing about the first foreign games I more or less remember watching, in the mid 90's. It enlightened me about the origins of the instituti...

    This book is filled to the brim with interesting and detailed anecdotes about the people and institutions responsible for bringing about the global behemoth that is the Premier League today. Robinson and Clegg take a deep dive into the impact different moments the premier Leagues histo...

    The book was recommended to me on Amazon last Christmas and I reviewed it on my blog. It's a comprehensive account of how the Premier League, England's top sporting division, has grown over the last two decades to become a juggernaut we see before us. If you are a football fan like me,...