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The Away Game

The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars

Sebastian Abbot (Author)

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“An exhilarating, at times heartbreaking, and ultimately unforgettable journey that lays bare the true human stakes of the world’s most popular game.”—Warren St. John, best-selling author of Outcasts United

Searching for soccer’s next superstars, an audacious program called Football Dreams held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa. In The Away Game, Sebastian Abbot follows several of the boys as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, money-hungry agents, and soccer-mad European fans.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35677-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Masterfully weaves together the stories of boys from a renowned soccer academy in Doha in an illuminating narrative.” — Sports Illustrated

“What a fantastic story: a soccer-themed mix of Hoop Dreams and The Sports Gene.… A tale with universal appeal to anyone who cares about the human condition.” — Grant Wahl, author of The Beckham Experiment

“Every fan of international soccer must read The Away Game.” — Helon Habila, author of Oil on Water and The Chibok Girls

“An excellent introduction to this shady world.” — Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs

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