Download Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders, a by James Montague PDF

Posted by

By James Montague

In a tiny, decaying aluminium smelting city in southern Tajikistan, a brief force from a raging struggle sector, Afghanistan tackle Palestine within the first Asian qualifier for 2014's global Cup in Brazil. each participant on either groups is risking whatever through enjoying: their careers, their households, even their lives. but, besides millions of alternative footballers sponsored by way of hundreds of thousands of supporters, all of them dream of snatching one of many worthy 32 areas on the finals; and so starts off a three-year epic fight – lengthy ahead of the standard suspects commence their higher-profile qualifying campaigns less than the spotlight.

Named after the best victory (and defeat) that the area Cup qualifiers have ever obvious (Australia's 31-0 victory over American Samoa), Thirty-One Nil is the tale of the way footballers from all corners of the globe start their trip chasing a spot on the global Cup Finals. It celebrates the part-time clergymen, princes and hopeless chancers who dream of creating it to Brazil, in defiance of the impressive odds stacked opposed to them. It tells the tale of groups who've struggled for his or her very lifestyles via political and social turmoil, from which they are going to very sometimes emerge into overseas stardom.

From the without end humiliated San Marino to lowly Haiti; from war-torn Lebanon to the oppressed and fleet-footed gamers of Eritrea, in Thirty-One Nil James Montague will get in detail and infrequently dangerously just about the various world's so much amazing groups, and tells their extraordinary stories.

Show description

Read or Download Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders, a World Cup Odyssey PDF

Best sports books

Deciphering Dressage

The definitive advisor to dressage--the artwork, technology, and secrets and techniques of sleek horsemanship for riders who are looking to exude common beauty within the saddle.

Dressage has been defined as "a attractive ballet on horseback. " It embodies an innate grace, a possible easy move, and a simple concord among horse and rider.

Dressage elevates using from a activity to an paintings shape. one of many quickest transforming into equestrian activities in the US, it appeals to aggressive riders in addition to those that easily are looking to enhance their mounts and their talents. as the ideas of dressage surround the artwork and technological know-how of horsemanship and each point of the horse-rider dating, dressage education complements different equestrian disciplines. The routines and styles aid enhance the horse's total stability and athleticism and make the mount extra responsive. excellent for starting fans or those who easily are looking to have fun with the beauty and finesse of cla. ..

Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city

On 6 February 1958, British eu airlines flight 609 crashed in a snowfall on its 3rd try and take off from an icy runaway in Munich. On board have been the Manchester United soccer staff in addition to a couple of reporters and different passengers. information of the catastrophe despatched shockwaves worldwide.

Footballer: My Story

The inspiring tale of ways a woman from Watford grew to become the best participant in England's historical past and one of many greatest stars in global football.
She has been known as the easiest participant on the planet. She has been known as the Zinedine Zidane of the women's online game. She has scored extra pursuits for England than the other participant in historical past. but given that she was once sufficiently old to kick a ball, Kelly Smith has needed to conflict each step of how to play the sport she loves.
Girls weren't welcome whilst Kelly first began, training for hours to hone her elegant abilities, yet after outshining the entire boys within the groups she performed in, she turned a pioneer for English women's soccer. A teenage sensation and the nation's first expert footballer, Kelly was once quickly a celeb, a genius with the ball at her toes, yet a sequence of accidents resulted in sessions of melancholy after which alcoholism as she struggled to manage with out the sport.
As she nears the tip of her glittering occupation, Kelly now tells the heartfelt tale of her triumphs and tragedies, of ways she beat her demons to place England at the international soccer map. it's a story of overcoming prejudice to dwell your dream, and of the way it feels and what it capacity to be a girl on the very best of her online game.


Overview the basis for this biography is well plausible. Norma Farnes used to be Spike Milligan's long-time supervisor and the query she was once such a lot requested was once 'What's he relatively like? ' Her inventory solution was 'interesting', or 'don't ask', yet this is often her try and inform the reality. Serialisation is inevitable so no manuscript is out there.

Extra info for Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders, a World Cup Odyssey

Sample text

Any pass on which the defender is given a pass defensed by the official scorer, and our game charter marked either Miscommunication or Caught Out of Bounds. Our count of passes defensed does not include passes marked as defensed in the official gamebooks but listed by our charters as Overthrown, Underthrown, or Thrown Away. It also does not include passes tipped in the act of rushing the passer (which are listed in the defensive line and linebackers tables as Tips). In addition, we did a lot of work with both the NFL head office and the folks from ESPN Stats & Information to get the most accurate numbers possible for both drops and passes defensed.

Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. ” —Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, on the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin incident (Eye on Football) (JOE WINS THE LOTTO, JUST LOOKS AT THE TICKET) “It’s a lot of money, man. Since I’ve been 18 years old, I’ve always played the lottery when it gets up to a couple $100 million. ” —Flacco, on what he would do if he won the $600-plus million (Eye on Football) THE YEAR IN QUOTES xxxiii SHARKNADO DEEPLY AFFECTED ALL OF US “I really appreciate someone asking me what’s my favorite food because I’m big, I gotta eat.

Go talk to whoever you want that does that stuff. ” —New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, on a leaked Patriots scouting report on Johnny Manziel (CSN New England) WELL, BY DEFAULT, AREN’T THEY ALL? ” —Part of an interview between FOX’s Pam Oliver and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, where Oliver was confused after Harbaugh quoted Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (For The Win) JUST REPEAT AFTER ME: STANFORD COMMUNICATION DEGREE “Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree that’s the result you’re gonna get!

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.57 of 5 – based on 11 votes