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Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story by [Veness, Simon, Veness, Susan]

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"This is a thoroughly-researched, extremely well-written book by two veteran writers. . . . Soccer fans, indeed all sports fans as well as general readers, will enjoy reading this excellent book."—G. Louis Heath, ARETE
Author: G. Louis Heath Source: ARETE

"An inspiring story that readers will enjoy."—Guy Who Reviews Sports Books
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“The authors have gotten to the heart of a vital story about starting a soccer team in North America that highlights Phil Rawlins’s unquenchable passion for the game, and the drive needed to be successful.”—Gary Mellor, managing director of Beswicks Sports (UK)
Author: Gary Mellor

Defying Expectations gets inside the incredible tale of how a kid who grew up in the heart of a grimy industrial city in England brought the Beautiful Game to the City Beautiful. It chronicles, in great detail, how Phil Rawlins turned Orlando into an international soccer destination. Or, as Walt Disney himself once said, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’”—Mike Bianchi, sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and host of 96.9 The Game’s Open Mike sports radio program
Author: Mike Bianchi

Defying Expectations is a comprehensive look at the life of a man who has developed a blueprint for building a Major League Soccer franchise. Soccer still has a ways to go to catch up with America’s ‘Big 3’ sports, but Phil Rawlins has helped to close the gap, and this book takes the reader on the wild and often unpredictable ride with him.”—Christian Bruey, sportscaster for WFTV Channel 9 (ABC) in Orlando
Author: Christian Bruey

“Phil Rawlins believed in Orlando as a place of opportunity and innovation where his dreams could become a success story. With vision and persistence, Phil brought Major League Soccer to Orlando and created a passionate fan base that has turned Orlando into a soccer city. His story will inspire and motivate you to make your dreams a reality.”—Buddy Dyer, Orlando mayor
Author: Buddy Dyer

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Simon Veness has covered the Orlando City Soccer Club since 2011. He has thirty-six years of experience as a sports journalist for media including the Guardian and Sun newspapers, NFL.com, and MLSSoccer.com. Susan Veness is an international travel writer and author of two books, including The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2465 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (1 Nov. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,401,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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