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  • The Billionaires Club

  • By: James Montague
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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The Billionaires Club

By: James Montague
Narrated by: Damian Lynch
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Summary

Once upon a time football was run by modest local businessmen. Today it is the plaything of billionaire oligarchs, staggeringly wealthy from oil and gas, from royalty, or from murkier sources. But who are these new masters of the universe? Where did all their money come from? And what do they want with our beautiful game?

In The Billionaires Club James Montague delves deeper than anyone else has dared, to tell this story for the first time. It is part history of club ownership, part in-depth investigation into the money and influence that connects the super-rich around the globe, and part travel book as he crosses national boundaries in an attempt to reveal the real force behind modern-day football.

Whilst almost always cloaked in secrecy, the billionaire owner has to raise his head above the bunker when it comes to football ownership - a rare Achilles heel that allows access to worlds normally off limits for journalists and outsiders. And so Montague criss-crosses the world - from Dhaka to Doha, from China to Crewe, from St Louis to London, from Bangkok to Belgium - to profile this new elite, their network of money and their influence that defies geographic boundaries.

At its heart The Billionaires Club is a football book, about some of the biggest clubs in the world. But it is also about something bigger: the world around us, the global economy, where the world is headed and how football has become an essential cog in this machine.

©2017 James Montague (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Enjoyable Listen

This was an eye opener into the goings on behind some of the worlds largest football clubs. I loved hearing about the different clubs from different countries and appreciate the lengths and depths of research that have gone into this book. It sparked my interest into football finance and looking into ownership behaviour.

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Well Worth A Listen!

Very Interesting, Informative/Insightful & Excellently Read.
The other side of football the average fan doesn't tend to think about!

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Very interesting

Very interesting insight into the development of the behind the scenes in a football club, a must buy for anyone interested in the workings within a football club

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Excellent Story, Poor Audio

The story is great, the narrator is brilliant (he reads my favourite ever audiobook series The Secret Footballer) but this recording has some serious audio issues. The volume levels constantly fluctuate. I listen in the car so its very noticeable. Via headphones it just seems so low.

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Very Interesting and thought provoking

very interesting and thought provoking book.
Well presented.
Enjoyed. Good book
Would recommend to football fans.

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Good enough book, bad recording

A good book, well researched and an interesting listen for football fans interested in the business side. Provides a relatively thorough briefing on the backgrounds of the owners of some of the biggest clubs in the world, how they came to have such wealth and how they came to acquire their respective clubs.

However, the audio recording is very very quiet. On full volume, you can not hear the narrator if there is even a small amount of noise around you.

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great book

great insight, loved all the in-depth information that was given regarding football club owners! highlighting human right issue in the middle east a real eye opener.

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Great audio book, well researched and very informative. really opens your eyes to what is going on behind the curtain.

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  • Patrick Johnson
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So boring! There is no cohesive story

there is no compelling story. It's hard to follow. It's dry and uninteresting. Not at all what I was hoping for.