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'I read it in one sitting, it's a superb book' Eamon Dunphy, The Stand
'A jaw-dropping tale of power and ego going unchecked' Times, Best Sports Books of the Year 2020
Over the course of fifteen years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and the parlous financial situation of the FAI. Delaney's reputation as a great financial manager was left in tatters. He resigned under pressure, and the FAI was left hoping for a massive bail-out from the Irish taxpayer.
In Champagne Football, Tighe and Rowan dig deep into the story of Delaney's career and of the FAI's slide into ruin. They show how he surrounded himself with people whose personal loyalty he could count on, and a board that failed to notice that the association's finances were shot. They detail Delaney's skilful cultivation of opinion-formers outside the FAI. And they document the culture of excess that Delaney presided over and benefited from, to the detriment of the organization he led.
Champagne Football is a gripping, sometimes darkly hilarious and often enraging piece of reporting by the award-winning journalists who finally pulled back the curtain on the FAI's mismanagement.
WINNER OF THE AN POST IBA SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
'Excellent' Irish Sun
'A jaw-dropping story ... brilliant' Irish Times
'Essential reading' Irish Daily Star
'Astonishing ... Side-splittingly hilarious' Guardian
'A damming account' Sunday Independent
'An instant classic, one of the all-time great Irish sports books' Alan English
'Excellent ... includes staggering detail' Daily Mail
'A cracking read ... [An] incredible amount of jaw-dropping detail' Matt Cooper
'The most important Irish sports book of the year' Irish Daily Mail
'A masterpiece' Tommy Martin
'An absolutely extraordinary book' Eoin McDevitt, Second Captains
'Remarkable. The desperate story of Irish football but also a book about how Ireland works. Outstanding' Dion Fanning
Utterly COMPELLING ... I can't decide if Delaney is a machiavellian mastermind or a lucky chancer -- Marian Keyes * via Twitter * Jaw-dropping -- Joe Duffy Essential reading * Irish Daily Star * A superb piece of investigative journalism, in which a tale of tawdry venality is told with wit, verve, and just the right amount of disbelief -- Fintan O'Toole * Irish Times, Best Books of 2020 * Astonishing ... One of the most important books published in this country. If you wanted to change Ireland, you would need to read this book -- Dion Fanning * The Currency * Compelling and often side-splittingly hilarious * Guardian * Absolutely superb ... Good old fashioned gumboot journalism and a rollicking good read -- Paul Howard * via Twitter * A masterpiece -- Tommy Martin * via Twitter * Part thriller, part warning from history, part social diary, Champagne Football is a forensic and often tragicomic investigation into the biggest story in Irish sport. It's a fantastic read -- Malachy Clerkin * Irish Times, Sports Books of the Year 2020 * An instant classic, one of the all-time great Irish sports books ... Terrific -- Alan English * via Twitter * An extraordinary story of what happens when proper governance doesn't exist * Sunday Times * An astonishing expose -- Martin Ziegler * The Times * The Irish sports book of the year * Balls.ie * Brilliant ... Easily the Irish sports book of the year * Hot Press * Stellar work * Irish Independent * Fantastic ... A real page-turner -- Marie Crowe * Game On * Remarkable. The desperate story of Irish football but also a book about how Ireland works. Outstanding -- Dion Fanning The most important Irish sports book of the year and most significant book on Irish life itself ... Exceptional * Irish Daily Mail * I read it in one sitting, it's a superb book ... I urge people to buy it and read it even if you're not interested in football -- Eamon Dunphy * The Stand * A jaw-dropping tale of power and ego going unchecked * Times, Best Sports Books of the Year 2020 * A jaw-dropping story ... brilliant * Irish Times * A cracking read ... [An] incredible amount of jaw-dropping detail -- Matt Cooper A damming account ... brilliantly detailed * Sunday Independent * Fantastic ... The best book I've ever read about Irish football -- Ken Early * Second Captains * Excellent ... includes staggering detail * Daily Mail * Made my blood boil -- Des Cahill One of the most hotly-anticipated sport books of the year -- Brendan O'Connor Astonishing ... It reads like an outrageous work of fiction with a scarcely believable cast of characters * Business Post * A monumental piece of writing and investigation, a work that will go down as Irish sporting history's Woodward & Bernstein moment * Irish Examiner * The most important book ever written about Irish sport ... This is the must-read of 2020 * RTE Culture * An absolutely extraordinary book -- Eoin McDevitt * Second Captains * Excellent * Irish Sun *