The Football Men

  • by Simon Kuper
  • Narrated by Colin Mace
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The great footballers and coaches are rarely glimpsed up close. They shield themselves from the tabloids, hide their personalities behind professionalism, and in the words of the cliche, 'do their talking on the pitch'. This book gets up close to them. The Football Men is not a series of celebrity profiles, and it doesn't attempt to unearth secrets in the players' private lives. Rather, it portrays these men as three-dimensional human beings. It describes their upbringings, the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage that they bring to their relationships at work.
This multimillion-pound, multinational world is mostly inhabited by ordinary men. The profiles in this book are sometimes funny, but never breathless or sensational. Some of the profiles in this book are based on interviews; others are the results of time the author spent with that person; sometimes the profile is a story of a country. All are fascinating and shed light on their subject to reveal things you wouldn't expect. From one of the great sports writers of our time, this is a penetrating and surprising collection of articles on the figures that have defined the modern sporting world.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Insightful without being groundbreaking.

There are some great insights of the life and opinions of footballers. Kuper has an appealing sense of wit and is not afraid to scold his subjects if they are moronic. The narrator does well with a myriad of accents to contend with.
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- Mark

Super boring!

I love books about football, but really?? This is more like a Cosmo magazine that something that will actually teach you something.
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- Eder "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-23-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios