The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars (Paperback)
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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.
About the Author
Sebastian Abbot worked for the Associated Press in Cairo and Islamabad, where he was bureau chief. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives in New York.
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