Champagne Football: John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: The Inside Story Free Audiobook Download by Paul Rowan,Mark Tighe
Johnny Candon is a football journalist who has followed Irish football since the early 1990s. In Champagne Football, John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: The Inside Story, he tells the story of how Ireland lost its grip on football power in Europe and what we can learn from this loss.
As I was reading this book, I got the feeling that everyone who will read it will find something of themselves in it. There are so many different stories in this book from so many different people. It is not just about John Delaney, but also about a lot of other people whose names you might not know. It is about how money and power can corrupt even the purest of motives. The book covers how football at all levels has been affected by the sheer amount of money which is available to buy influence and even worse - influence that's bought with taxpayers' money. This is why I loved the book because whatever your opinion on John Delaney - he did not deserve what happened to him.
When I reached out to Paul Rowan Mark Tighe for a comment on this article, he said "I'm not interested in commenting about anything relating to my book Champagne Football. That's the story I want to tell."
This is a truly fascinating book. It tells the inside story of the rise and fall of John Delaney, who in 2007 became the first Irishman to own an English football club when he bought out Leeds United for a mere £52 million. This is a must read for anybody interested in football, sport or business.
John Delaney is currently the president of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). He has held this position from 2003 and is seen as a key figure in the rise of Irish football. The book covers his story from childhood onward, explaining how he became a boyhood supporter of Manchester United and eventually became one of their most important figures. However, it also talks about his controversial presidency of the FAI and how he went on to deal with homophobia and sexism at an international level. The author states that John Delaney's time in charge was one "champagne" moment after another, but these moments were all too brief.
In 2009, the Irish Football Association (IFA) put the bet on John Delaney, who had a reputation as a man of vision and business fortune. Delaney was the Dublin businessman who would restore Irish soccer to its rightful place in Europe. As president of the IFA, he would lead Ireland to glory. The British betting firm Sky Bet paid €350,000 up front and another €1.2 million over two years to secure rights in Ireland for "Champagne Football," a reality TV show which followed Dublin City FC (a club founded by Delaney) and featured players like Damien Duff and John Terry.
|Duration||10 hours 10 minutes|
|Author||Paul Rowan, Mark Tighe|
|Is It Free?||30-days Free|
|Category||Sports & Recreation|
|Parent Category||Soccer, Other, Football|