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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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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.

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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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Nothing Shocking

I thought this book would be a tell all behind the scenes look at footballers lives but it just someone's opinion.

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Considered deleting it but stuck with it...

Ok. A slight insight but too anonymised to be a real page turner. Maybe I was wanting more sensationalism.

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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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Almost embarrassingly bad

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.

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Too much, too soon

The thing about anonymous books is that they create more intrigue than those whose author is known. There has been much speculation about who the Secret Footballer is but it is safe to say that this book would not have been so widely read if it were known that it was written by a premier league journey man who is perhaps not a household name. It would also not have been as candid as it is and it is precisely the warts and all style that is so compelling to a casual reader. Few of us will ever know what is is like to playing a match in front of tens of thousands chanting your name, either because they love you or hate you, and to have millions watching your every move around the world both on the field and off via the more sensational red top newspapers who like nothing better than a juicy story about a footballer. And when you get a bunch of over paid testosterone fuelled young men who are paid obscene amounts and have a lt of time of their hands between hands it is a recipe for excesses. This book chronicles some of these including the jaw dropping tale of "champagne wars" in Las Vegas where the extravagances are hard to believe. "We pay your wages" is the usual retort from fans on the terraces (well, padded seats) who are outraged by this type of behaviour. The Secret Footballer does attempt to defend his fellow professionals arguing their career at the top of the game is notoriously short and, well, why shouldn't they. We also hear of the practices of managers and agents who the author defends rather than calling them out for being, as most people believe, unscrupulous. This book was originally published over 10 years ago and it is safe to say that, with the continued increases in TV cash pumped into the Premier League, the excesses described here maybe tame by current standards.

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  • 26-02-19

I'll never get this time bqck

I fail to see how anyone would learn anything from this book.

Better to save time and money by listening to Peter Crouch's podcast - similar, only funny

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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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  • 05-02-15

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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  • 31-05-20

Great book

Well written and insightful. Not too heavy. Touches on important topics. Never looses its track

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  • 11-11-18

Breaking all the rules

Love the real conversation on the social, and sport issues and reality of the game.

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  • 02-04-18

awesome

this is an awesome book to learn the realities of being a premier league footballer

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  • 13-03-17

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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  • 01-11-16

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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  • John Beltz Boyd
  • 03-10-16

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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  • 28-06-15

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!