• The Away Game

  • The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars
  • By: Sebastian Abbot
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-03-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (1 rating)

Summary

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. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi's career and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program chooses just a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals; the process is one thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard University.
In an extraordinary work of reporting, international politics, and sports science, Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering Football Dreams academy in Doha, and fight for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe's top clubs. 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.
©2018 Sebastian Abbot (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By michael on 10-05-18

The business of soccer

for those who love the game this an interesting listen. for those who are interested in the business of the game it is a must listen. Ever wonder how that Nigerian or Senegal player ended up on your MLS team or your favorite EPL club? chances are they started on a muddy patch of a dirt and grass field playing in Sandals rather than $400 shoes. it is a long way from backstreet soccer clubs in Africa to the million dollar endorsements in the west.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bayonle Arashi on 08-05-18

Absolutely fantastic

Loved the book very much and been my first book on audible makes it even better. learnt a lot about the Aspire project and the book further confirm my saying regarding African players and lack of patience as well as age cheating. Robert also delivered the voice really well. Good job guys.

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