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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909178705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909178700
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grobar is James Moor's first book. Born in Crawley, West Sussex, and brought up an Arsenal fan, he now lives in Belgrade where he works in the British Embassy. His arrival in Serbia in 2011 followed posts to DR Congo and Helmand Province. James lives with his girlfriend, Jenny, and can be found in the east stand at Partizan every other weekend.


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An excellent insight into the culture of football supporters in Eastern Europe.
Carefully put together descriptions with just the right dose of comedy will make you feel like you're in the crowd (but equally, quite glad that you're not).
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Highly recommended. I thought that James James Moor's humour and love of football really shone through throughout this book and it was utterly fascinating and a hugely enjoyable read.
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Just finished Grobar in a single sitting. Loved it. Having lived for a time in Serbia and attended the odd Partizan game myself, I can vouch for the sharply-accurate, wonderfully bitter-sweet way Moor portrays the football-supporting scene in Belgrade. Loads of laugh-out-loud moments in a book that covers the (mostly dire) football itself very well but not too heavily. It's principle focuses - the fascinating world of on- and off-terrace intrigues in Serbia (itself a pretty intriguing place), and the still-raw political, historical and cultural backdrop to it all - is captured in the witty style of a football-loving diplomat, with plenty of colourful local vernacular thrown in for good measure!
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By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 7 July 2014
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Its just a pity that more books about Eastern European football aren't available. I base that upon this great read and that of "Behind the curtain....." by Jonathan Wilson who writes the foreword for this book. So whilst there are a few other books on the subject floating around, its still a small number in comparison. A couple of reviews have noted that the book is rather boring and full of Serbian politics. Utter rubbish. The book is far from boring (perhaps the football on offer to the writer is) and politics in Serbia always spill over into other areas of society. After all, football is a political weapon in Serbia.

So the book follows the adventures of an Arsenal fan who moves to Belgrade due to his job (working for theHome Office). Initially torn over who to follow he is given some advice by his local co-workers. Thus Partizan are chosen over Red Star on the basis they are the less xenophobic of the two clubs. But far be it from only the clubs in Belgrade to be responsible for such behaviour. Hence why the author makes a point of involving local politics in the book. There was a lot of bad blood and that was before the fall of Yugoslavia. James Moor is a dedicated fan given the amount of time he spends following Partizan around Serbia. The standard of football is laughable at time as most of the action takes place in the stands rather than the pitch.

But its a lot more than just a fan following his chosen team. The club itself is a hotbed of internal friction between rival fan groups as well as the owner and his own staff. And just when things couldn't get any worse......enter Avram Grant! Say no more on that one.

So anyone yearning for a footy tale which doesn't revolve around the pampered prima donnas of the Premier League, La Liga etc then this may be the book for you. Just a pity it wasn't longer.
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This book gives you a great insight in Serbian football, Serbian politics and Serbian life, including the author's. And it is funny too! I can highly recommend Grobar.
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