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When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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"Funny, exciting and thrilling, with tragedy at every turn, it's a deep but rewarding read" (FourFourTwo)
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"A vibrant account of sport in the world's most volatile region" (GQ)
The first-ever footballing travelogue of the Middle EastSee all Product description
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A statistical history this certainly isn't, a tale of football surviving in the most volatile places in Earth it is. Amusing at times, almost heartbreaking at others, Montague recounts his journeys - and inevitable mishaps and misunderstandings - among the football fanatics of the Middle East, meets lots of important people, drug smugglers and everyday fans - and manages to tell their story, without ever trivialising the all too real political problems prevalent there. There's a good balance between his stories and the factual background details that are necessary in order it make it convincing.
A great read - I'm looking forward to part 2 !
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