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''The Damned United'' is a book written by David Peace, later adapted into a movie by Tom Hooper and starring MichaelSheen. The main character is the famous British [[TheBeautifulGame football manager]], Brian Clough. The account is largely fictional and tells two different stories, so to speak, at the same time: Clough's tenure as manager of Leeds United, interlaced with the story of his career as a manager up to that point, mainly his time at Derby County.

One interesting aspect of both the book and the movie is that it's a rare sport story that subverts/averts/ignores pretty much all the traditional SportsStoryTropes we're so used to: there is no BigGame and the games don't come DownToTheLastPlay, the [[UnderdogsNeverLose underdogs can and will lose]], and the OpposingSportsTeam isn't even a villain! As RogerEbert summarizes in his review of the movie: "''The Damned United'' avoids all sports movie cliches, even the obligatory ending where the [[MiracleRally team comes from behind]]. Is this the first sports movie where the [[BreakTheHaughty hero comes from ahead and loses]]?"

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!!Tropes Include:

* AdaptationDisplacement [[invoked]]
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie condenses the events of the book and focuses on the key moments, without losing its essence.
* AnachronicOrder: The film cuts between Derby's victories in the late Sixties and Clough taking over Leeds in the mid-70s.
** The book is even more chaotic in this aspect, going through Clough's carrer from his beginnings as a player all the way to his fateful days Leeds.
* TheBeautifulGame: Very much considering it revolves around football ([[UsefulNotes/AmericanEnglish or soccer to heathens]]).
* BreakTheHaughty: Clough's stint as manager of Leeds Utd. is one big breaking moment.
** The book is slightly more complex on this aspect; Clough's motivations are more diverse and complicated and less clear, although his [[{{Pride}} arrogance]] is evident throughout.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In the film, Revie is honestly taken aback that Clough has been harboring such a grudge for so long, over an incident he himself didn't even ''notice''.
** Although Revie was infamous for painstakingly researching his opponents and it seems unlikely he would not have recognized Clough, so it is somewhat debatable whether or not he really didn't notice or if her was trying to play mind games. It is still a lot of emphasis to place on a somewhat minor slight, however.
* AFatherToHisMen: Don Revie calls himself this for his Leeds players, and this is how they view him in return.
-->'''Clough:''' They won't play for me, your boys. Your bastard sons.
* {{The Film of the Book}}: The 2009 film starring MichaelSheen, Colm Meaney, and Timothy Spall.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the film, Taylor foreshadows real life's more {{distant finale}} when, at the end, he makes it up with Clough but says that he knows Clough will "fuck things up" between them again.
* FreudianTrio:
** Id -- Clough. For all his good qualities as a manager he lets his emotions get the better of him, first costing him and Taylor their roles at Derby, before things go spectacularly wrong at Leeds.
** Ego -- Taylor. While Clough doesn't want to admit it, he was perhaps the most vital component of Derby's success, and would go on to do so again at Nottingham Forest.
** Super Ego -- Jimmy Gordon. An excellent trainer and a nice guy, but proves to be completely out of his league in the assistant manager's role at Leeds.
* TheGrovel: Brian at the end of the film. "Okay, I'm grovelling!"
* HappilyEverAfter: The film ends with Clough and Taylor reconciled and they go on to take Nottingham Forest to the top of the leagues, just as they did with Derby County. This is based on real events. What's elided is their final falling out and the anguish Clough felt over Taylor's early death. The film ends on a definite high note, reality not so much.
** The final title card in the film reads "Brian Clough remains the best manager [the English national team] never had." so it's kind of [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] regardless.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Peter Taylor for Clough, specially in the movie.
** It's not that Clough isn't competent, but he wouldn't have gotten very far without Taylor's expertise. The film's ending has him realizing this.
** OlderSideKick
* HomoeroticSubtext: Clough and Taylor. The whole movie could be considered a bromance between them. They both have wives and children but they seem to spend more time hugging and kissing each other.
** Not to mention their reconciliation, which plays out like a AnguishedDeclarationOfLove
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Clough and Taylor
* JerkassHasAPoint: Revie's ReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end brings about the reconciliation of Clough and Taylor.
* MiserAdvisor: Sam Longson
* OnlySaneMan: Peter Taylor. Jimmy Gordon tries to take up the role when Clough goes to Leeds, but isn't quite as adept as Taylor in that regard.
* OopNorth: Clough and Taylor are Northerners and proud. Clough doesn't want to manage [[TheGreatBritishSeaside Brighton & Hove]] because it's so far south "we're practically in ''France''!"
* OpposingSportsTeam: Clough thinks this of Leeds United under Revie's management, but it's a case of WrongGenreSavvy.
* {{Pride}}: The impetus for Clough's obsession with Don Revie is Revie's damaging his pride by unknowingly snubbing Clough before their teams' first match.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: Derby County.
* TheRival: Revie to Clough. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Not that Revie knew]] he was actually Clough's ArchEnemy.
** RivalTurnedEvil: How Clough views Revie, he originally considered him a WorthyOpponent and NotSoDifferent but after meeting (or pointedly ''not meeting'') the man, he changes his view of him.
* TheSeventies
* SmugSnake: How Clough views Don Revie, and presumably what the Leeds player think of Brian Clough. Along with KnowNothingKnowItAll.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Clough is so consumed by his rivalry with Revie that he becomes a {{jerkass}} towards anyone who gets in his way.
* UnreliableNarrator: The book is seen through Clough's eyes, making the true nature of the characters more ambiguous than the movie.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: A number of people who witnessed the events portrayed questioned their accuracy. Clough's son Nigel did not recall his father burning Revie's old desk, despite supposedly being present when it happened. 1960s and 70s Leeds player John Giles called the book and film "rubbish". He successfully sued the publishers for the way he was portrayed in the book and, consequently, his role in the movie was much reduced. Pat Murphy, a BBC journalist and friend of Clough, pointed out [[http://sabotagetimes.com/reportage/leeds-united-15-damned-united-facts-that-are-nonsense/ 17 factual inaccuracies]] in the film. Former Derby player and manager Dave Mackay was unhappy with the suggestion that he stabbed Clough and Taylor in the back by becoming Derby manager and received damages from the filmmakers.
** As an aside to that, both Sheen and Meaney received a lot of praise for their uncanny portrayal of Clough and Revie, respectively.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: See the HappilyEverAfter entry.

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