Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Attracted by the subject matter, as I'm a bit of an anorak and definitely worth a read to get your head around the whole Balkan problem with a football twist.Published 15 months ago by Kevin
I found this book hard work.Dire football,boring political insights,insipid characters,i found it difficult to build up any positive feeling for either the author or the team. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2013 by angie