Rory Smith

Rory Smith joined The Times as one of its leading football writers in 2012, having previously written for the Daily Telegraph, and he now writes for the New York Times. He worked with Rafa Benitez on Champions League Dreams, but this is his first book under his own name.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR.
SUNDAY TIMES SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR.

From its late-Victorian flowering in the mill towns of the northwest of England, football spread around the world with great speed. It was helped on its way by a series of missionaries who showed the rest of the planet the simple joys of the game. Even now, in many countries, the colloquial word for a football manager is not 'coach' or 'boss' but...

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