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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Know the Score Books; illustrated edition edition (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905449313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905449316
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Menary is a freelance journalist and writes on sport and business for magazines including World Soccer and websites, such as PlayTheGame.org

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Shortlisted for the 2008 NSC football book of the year award

"Outcasts! is a must-read for all football fans." --Sporting Life

"One book to intrigue the discerning reader this Christmas." --Sunday Telegraph

"Buy this!" --The Times

"Menary is an admirably sure-footed guide ... he never loses sight of the human stories ... a gentle meditation not merely on the power of football, but also on what it means to be a country." --Jonathan Wilson, When Saturday Comes

"Lively, informative." --The Independent on Sunday

"There are a great many cherishable anecdotes to be found, and the issues he raises, while often perplexing, are of considerable relevance in international football. Menary is an enthusiast with a talent for getting the best out of his interviewees and a keen eye for the encapsulating episode, such as the time that a Greenland cup semi-final being played on a seaside pitch was interrupted by a tidal wave when an iceberg capsized. --Daily Telegraph

"Thought provoking questions about the nature of national identity." --Four Four Two

Excellent... Outcasts is as good as it gets --Birmingham Post

"Once in a while a book comes along with an unusual subject matter that captures the imagination and Menary's Outcasts falls into that category." --Yorkshire Post

"A thoroughly absorbing and entertaining examination of the issues involved, never threatening to outstay its welcome." --Isle of Man Today

"A fascinating insight." --Guernsey Press & Star

Excellent! --Scotland on Sunday

"Outcasts! is a great book, about the love of the game that makes people want to take part and how FIFA make their odd decisions." --The League magazine

A most underrated read. In the course of 224 pages, Menary embarks on a journey that at the outset appears to encompass only the periphery of the beautiful game, but quickly transcends into an absorbing study of football's global pulse. Beyond the sickly world of lavishly over marketed club brand coverage, the grim realities of life and football's role as an escape are illustrated perfectly here. Outcasts! leads you well away from FIFA's comfort zone with pied piper like Menary the most compelling of guides. Sepp Blatter would not want you to read this book, and that alone should be complete justification for doing so."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Grillo on 17 Oct. 2008
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Totally agree with the above review. Its great to read about the lesser nations - or should that be lesser non-nations ! Well written, with a great balance of factual information alongside the authors own tales. Much better value for money than much of the dross on the shelves in your local WHSmith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jákup Emil Hansen on 26 April 2012
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Steve Menary's book, OUTCASTS, can be recommended for anyone who loves football. The book gives a rare insight into a football world that usually does not get much attention in the international media. The book is about the lands that the world governing body of football, FIFA, does not accept as members. The denial of existence by FIFA does not stop these countries from playing football no matter what it takes and how remote these places are. The core of the book is therefore about the true love to the beautiful game.

The book contains so many fascinating stories, that it is difficult to pick one single out. One of my favorite is the story about football on the Falklands Islands, where the passion for football and politics are mixed together. The story about Chris Clarke, who went to take a trial in Boca Juniors, is an intersting example of this mixture. Another fascinating story is about the football in Greenland, where players have to travel long dangerous distances to play football matches, which sometime has tragically consequences.

OUTCASTS is also a very topical. The tiny British colony, Gibraltar, is at the moment trying once again to become a member of UEFA. Gibraltar's membership will be taken up to account at the UEFA Congress in 2013, when all UEFA's members will vote on whether Gibraltar will receive a membership or not. This is certainly not the first time Gibraltar is trying to become member of UEFA. The book describes very well Gibraltar's attempt in 2007 to become a member of UEFA, but where the football giant, Spain, threatened to boycott UEFA if Gibraltar was given a membership.

For me personally the book, Outcasts, is very interesting. I come from the Faroe Islands, which is not an independent nation under the UN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D Burin on 16 Jun. 2011
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Steve Menary's excellent `Outcasts! The Lands that FIFA Forgot' is a tour around the lands excluded by Sepp Blatter's organisation, and their attempts to try and play fixtures, create and attend tournaments, and develop the beautiful game. These attempts often threatened and thwarted by both FIFA, and international politics, are documented by Menary; but he doesn't let either Blatter's organization, or politics, obscure the varied football stories of the text. Taking in areas as diverse as Zanzibar, the Isle of Man and North Cyprus, Menary's study is both in-depth and informative, as well as being commendably unsentimental. He refuses to romanticise the grim conditions of some of the grounds he visits, and to paint everything parochial as positive; something which few books on lower-level football manage. The potted histories and social reflections of the book also provide interesting reading, from British sovereignty in Greek Cyprus, referendums in Gibraltar, and bringing together the ethnic divisions of previously war-torn Kosovo; and these reflections never take the book off the topic of football for too long. Menary has also managed to interview a number of both coaches and players in the book, meaning that we get a first-hand account of things like Sami traditions and Northern Cypriot identity, from the people who know best about it.

There are a few flaws within the text. Though Menary is a thorough and solid narrator, and rightly refuses to romantically poeticise the situations these sides are in, the book seems to lack a bit of passion, and he doesn't seem too enthralled by the football he sees (though admittedly much of it is of a relatively poor quality). Secondly, the book has a number of grammatical errors, which prove an annoyance whilst reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Carli on 10 July 2009
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Title:"Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot"
Author: Steve Menary
Publisher: Know The Score Books
ISBN: 978-1-905449-31-6

"Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot" is a book written by Steve Menary. It's a book about the world of Unrecognised Football Nations, football nations that are not allowed by the FIFA to internationally represent themselves. It's a publication highly recommended for anybody that is interested in Unrecognised Football Nations (abbreviated to UFN from here on). But it's such a well written book that it's also understandable and interesting for people who don't know much about the world of football outside of FIFA.

"Outcasts" is a book that gets into the seemingly countless amount of inconsistencies in FIFA regulations. This is a book about football nations that want to represent themselves by playing international football matches, but are not allowed to do just that. Also in this book are stories about the NF-Board (New Federation-Board) who want to let all the people play.

You can't write a book about UFN without mentioning the NF-Board, so there's quite a lot of stories about the NF-Board here. There are stories about the good: "the NF-Board's initial provisional membership swells to 17 football federations" and the bad: "[it] should be the first game in the VIVA World Cup, but, not only are there no fans, there are no teams." The stories in the book are very honest. Steve Menary tries to describe people and events as accurate as possible and doesn't try to make things seem better than they are in reality.
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