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The Game of Our LivesFootball used to be the game of the English working-class. While many of the civic and political institutions of working-class life in this country have succumbed to the scourges of deindustrialisation and globalisation, football flourishes in the era of footloose multinational capital. Or at least the “new football economy” does.

Ever since the dawn of professionalism in the north of England in the late 19th century, football clubs have been run as businesses. But, as David Goldblatt argues in his new book, since the creation of the Premier League…

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