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A number of books, exhibitions, plays and other artistic events take place around the world with relevance to the goals of Play the Game. We will endeavour to display them on this page as we hear about them.

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The Bid – Secrets of the Battle to Host the World Cup

15 November 2012

A book written by Bonita Mersiades, planned to be published March 2013, reveals the details of the lobbyism going on behind closed doors in the FIFA World Cup bidding process.[more]

Upcoming book promises a look behind the curtains of the FIFA World Cup 2022 bidding process.

The Referee - A Documentary

05 January 2011

Swedish top football referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his vision in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell...[more]

Olympic Industry Resistance, book by Helen Lenskyj

05 January 2011

A critical look at the Olympics in the postbribery, post-9/11 era, particularly at consequences for host cities and so-called “Olympic education” for schoolchildren.[more]

Autonomy of sport in Europe

17 June 2010

The Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) has conducted a study as per the request of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS).[more]

"A kick out of Africa", Photobook by Tine Harden

16 June 2010

In Africa, football is played everywhere; on gravel, stones, grass, in the sand, and in puddles. The Danish photographer Tine Harden has crossed the continent with her camera before the World Cup in...[more]

The Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa

16 June 2010

The Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa is the follow up to author John Nauright’s book (Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa) that detailed sport in South...[more]

ROAD TO 2010 Coffee Table Book

14 June 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is coming to the African continent for the first time. The 'Road to 2010' takes a look behind the scenes and documents the extraordinary successes achieved by thousands of...[more]

‘Sport and Development’: new journal from the Danish association Forum for Idræt

12 May 2010

This edition of the Journal titled ‘Sport and Development’, composed in cooperation with ‘Network for Sport and Development’ (NSD), focuses on exercise and sports as a potential tool for development....[more]


11 February 2010

The movie Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, portraits a very important period in South Africa's history through the national rugby teams victory in the 1994 Rugby World Cup held in South Africa.[more]

Book review of Playing with Fire

20 November 2009

"Now that it's fall and the blind will be leading the blind until mid-June, there is a new assortment of cheerleading hockey books out there. Playing With Fire is the antithesis," Laura Robinson...[more]

Cover of the book Playing with Fire

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