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Publisher's Summary

"It is often said that 95% of what happens in football takes place behind closed doors. Many of these stories I shouldn't be telling you. But I will."

The honest truth about professional football, by the Guardian's man inside the game.

©2013 The Secret Footballer (P)2014 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This is better than any turgid football biography on the bookshelves and well worth seeking out." (Sunday Business Post)
"A recklessly honest read that pairs guilty pleasure gossip with a moral compass, as TSF is force-fed a lifestyle that comes with being a Premier League footballer." (Loaded)
"Not since the days of the great super-injuctions has the identity of an anonymous sports star cause as much speculation as that surrounding the mysterious author of the Guardian column 'The Secret Footballer', which has been running in the paper for the last 18 months" (Choice magazine)
"A hugely insightful and opinionated commentary on the modern game." (Morning Star Online)

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Well Written and Engaging

This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I have listened to. The structure is clear and easy to follow. The author's voice is consistent and engaging. And beyond all the content is well chosen and conveyed in a compelling manner which humanizes these sometimes seemingly mystical beings that are professional footballers. The author clearly lays out what actually happens during different phases of both a player's life, and landmark changes at football clubs.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in football, but also to anyone who simply enjoys honest reflection on a life few people will ever live.

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Enjoyed it very much !!!

I enjoyed the story very much !!! Good writing, good story and good performance!! Can't wait to here more !!

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Fantastic

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Wonderful story and the narrator was flawless. Whoever the secret footballer is (or all of the Secret Footballers) is/are, please keep writing. For fans of football (soccer) or anyone who wants to know the stories you seldom hear about professional sports.

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Not as interesting nor as insightful as I had hoped!

Not as interesting nor as insightful as I had hoped! Pretty average in truth. I believe it could be more interesting - but leans towards the gossip more than the tactical / technical side of the profession... Which is a shame!

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  • kmcca5
  • 12-24-14

Superb

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Out on audio book at last!!! I read this when it came out and have been longing for the audio book. Good choice of narrator, intelligently written, funny, and one of my favourite books about football.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 06-21-15

Great

Not just a great insight but a wonderful personal story of a world few understand better!

I would recommend anyone interested in those in the public eye and not just football to read/listen!

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  • Hello world!
  • 06-18-15

Loved it

If you love football then this book is for you. . interesting and informative. Well done to the secret footballer whoever you are.

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  • Greg
  • 06-05-15

Interesting Account

overall enjoyed the reading but felt less than favorable to the secret footballer though he seems the best of an truly awful bunch of spoilt brats.

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  • 02-05-15

A frank and honest view of the modern footballer

A great book. Very enjoyable and would recommend to any football fan. Some quality tales but with an enlightened view point.

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  • Adam
  • 01-30-15

Fantastic book

Brilliant book, just couldn't stop thinking all the way through the book who it is? Now driving me mad trying to think

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-17

Fantastic read

For someone who does not like to read. I was glued to this story. Really enjoyed it, Damian lynch's voice made it that little bit better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-16

A brilliant expose

l listened with a jarring sense of expectancy. The mystery of the shadow works of the beautiful game were evident. l liked the earthy accent of the narrator. Altogether, it was a brilliant expose.

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  • Chris123
  • 12-17-15

Great sport writing engagingly narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book for any fan of celebrity lifestyles (and the pitfalls they contain), not just for fans of the not-always-beautiful game, and is brilliantly narrated.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book tackles (see what I did there?) important subjects ranging from depression to poor role models, and attempts to explain the reasons why so many footballers find themselves on the wrong end of the spotlight. The (anonymous) author describes the good times with a balance of humour and derision, and lays bare the bad times with a brutal honesty that feels both sincere and tragic. There's some naivety there too, but it is endearing rather than irritating.

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  • J. Armstrong
  • 12-07-15

Not quite as revealing as it implies but good

What did you like most about I Am The Secret Footballer?

There's good humour mixed in with some very startling emotion. The Secret Footballer comes off neither as a tragic figure nor a hero. He's a deeply flawed individual and human. Some of the stories are toe culringly out of touch with regular people, but others not so.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Secret footballer as there is no other character really, though the Football Agent section was quite fascinating

What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

Very good, emotional and tinged with wit

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

A quick listen but entertaining, not quite as revealing as it could have been but some interesting nuggets. the section on the media was particularly interesting, you won't watch MOTD quite the same way again.

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