"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
"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)
Something About Myself
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.
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!
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.
A great book. Very enjoyable and would recommend to any football fan. Some quality tales but with an enlightened view point.
I am a poetic writer who loves the way words paint a picture. I love the spoke word. My dream is to write, speak, and inspire others now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secret footballer as there is no other character really, though the Football Agent section was quite fascinating
Very good, emotional and tinged with wit
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.
I don't really know what to make of the fact this book has 4+ star rating overall. If I had paid more than £1.99 for this (Daily Deal) I would have been truly mortified.
I am a huge football fan and have seen many credible documentaries on the inner workings of a football club, agents and football politics. This book gave no interesting insights whatsoever. It actually read as if it was written by a footballing version of Alan Partridge, which lines such as "the banter was razor sharp".
To say that I dragged myself through this is the understatement of the year. Just trying to waste time before my next free credit. If you have a passing interest in football and enjoy reading the many autobiographies of great minds such as Katie Price and Peter Andre, you may enjoy this book. Or alternatively, save your money and start following Robbie Savage and Stan Collymore on Twitter.
"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.
"Enjoyed it very much !!!"
I enjoyed the story very much !!! Good writing, good story and good performance!! Can't wait to here more !!
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.
"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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