The Club

Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg

The Club



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Based on a capitalist business model first used in the early nineties, the Premiere League is now the richest football league in the entire world. But how did this all come about and what are the consequences of turning club football into a magnificent money machine? In the book The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport, sports journalists JoshuaRobinson and JonathanClegg take us back to the beginning of English club football, on to the creation of the Premier League, and explain just how this world renowned championship has become the showbiz attraction it is today.

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Analysis and key concepts


The English Premier League is a golden goose


English football in the 1980’s was both dangerous and boring


The situation changed when a few visionary entrepreneurs stepped into the arena


The Hillsborough disaster changed English football forever


The Premier League teams are bona fide businesses


For many years English football shunned foreign players, but everything changed when the Premier League was formed


The Premier League attracted foreign players AND foreign investors


These colossal amounts of money sparked problems both on and off the pitch




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Joshua Robinson has worked as a European sports correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for over a decade. During his career he has covered many types of sport, from Premier League Football to the Olympic Games, and from the Tour de France to the World Chess Championship. He has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. Robinson is originally from the south of France, but grew up in London, and then moved to New York where he graduated from Columbia University. He currently lives in Paris.

Jonathan Clegg is a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal, where he began his career in 2009 as the paper’s first Europe-based sports reporter. Throughout his career he has covered many major sporting events including the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and the Olympics. Clegg graduated from the London School of Economics, and his articles have appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and FourFourTwo magazine.

Publishing house:

Mariner Books