Football Manager Stole My Life

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Football Manager Stole My Life lifts the lid on the cult of Football Manager (FM). It is an easy-to-read, highly illustrated, light-hearted guide to the game s lasting impact on popular culture. We hear from the gamers whose lives have been taken over by FM, a game cited in 35 divorce cases in the UK. There are interviews with the players who become world beaters in the game, but in real life never make the big leagues. The incredible scouting network of Sports Interactive is revealed. We speak to the men who make the game, and put an FM addict on the psychologist s couch to discover what 20 years as a virtual football manager has done to him.

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About the author

Iain Macintosh writes about football for numerous publications in Asia, USA and the UK and is one of the Football 50, the top football writers on Twitter according to TEAMtalk. Kenny Millar is a sportswriter for The Sunday Post. Neil White is a former sportswriter for The Sunday Times. All three are Football Manager addicts.

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Publisher
BackPage Press
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Published on
Aug 10, 2012
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Pages
327
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ISBN
9780956497130
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Soccer
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This content is DRM protected.
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