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The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars (edition 2019)

by Sebastian Abbot (Author)

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For the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of young boys across Africa, looking for soccer's next superstars. Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys, weaving together the drama of the boys' determination to chase their dreams with the latest ideas on talent spotting and predicting sporting success, Abbot memorably explores why some of the boys succeed and chronicles the heartbreak of those who don't.… (more)
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Title:The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars
Authors:Sebastian Abbot (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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I don't know anything about soccer, and I don't really care about sports. However, this book showed up on my porch, and despite my lax interest in the subject, I found the social issues very interesting. The idea that European sports scouts are going into African countries to pick out the most promising young athletes -- many of whom are found playing in dirt fields -- and exporting them to training centers overseas is deeply disturbing, given the historical and modern racial implications. ( )
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For the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of young boys across Africa, looking for soccer's next superstars. Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys, weaving together the drama of the boys' determination to chase their dreams with the latest ideas on talent spotting and predicting sporting success, Abbot memorably explores why some of the boys succeed and chronicles the heartbreak of those who don't.

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