When Friday Comes Hardcover – 23 May 2013
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The Indiana Jones of soccer writing.' - Grant Wahl, Sport Illustrated 'Funny, exciting and thrilling, with tragedy at every turn, it's a deep but rewarding read.' - Jonathan Wilson, FourFourTwo
About the Author
James Montague writes about football for the New York Times, CNN.com, World Soccer and The Blizzard. He was winner of Best New Writer at the 2009 British Sport Book of the Year Awards.
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There is international rivalry but most of the bitterness is internal.
I’ve taken the title of my review from a remark by an Israeli fan but it could have come from many of the countries he visited. There was an earlier edition of this book. This is a revised edition. The period covered runs from 2007 to 2013 so it incorporates elements of the Arab Spring. Montague is sympathetic to his subjects but paints bleak pictures whether it’s of qat-chewing in Yemen or of oil-money abuses in the Gulf and corruption just about everywhere.
Reading it my feelings were s mixture of gladness and sadness. I’m really, really glad I don’t have to live in that part of the world with its levels dysfunctionality and hatreds. My sadness was for the ordinary men and women who just want to play the game they love but are plagued with problems whether it be Iraqis knowing that bombs might be set off while they were playing by people who don’t want Sunni and Shia, Arab and Kurd to unite or whether it is Palestinian girls, mostly Christians, trying to tackle not merely their opponents on the field but also the Israeli-Palestinian problem, the Hamas-Fatah rivalry and objections by some Muslims to girls wearing shorts.
The book is not just about football matches; but the bureaucracy and administration nightmares that ensue because of religious beliefs and political ideologies. Also it is a travelogue that is eye-opening and enthralling, as the author is taken in by strangers and made to feel welcome in a very foreign land.
A real page turner that warrants the purchase.
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