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Reclaiming football

Football clubs have a unique power to build communities, but their owners are only interested in money. Let's put the national sport back in the hands of its supporters

By Dave Boyle   June 2010

As all eyes look to South Africa for the start of the World Cup, it might seem an exercise in futility to write about the domestic club scene. But international football is comfortable with a fact that the club game in England shows an increasing inability to recognise. Football—on the pitch, at least—is about glory, not money. In the World Cup, there’s no talk of a game carrying the greatest financial prize in the world, or a must-win match in which the victor takes the spoils and the loser liquidation. Britain may be owned by the bond markets, but no-one…

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