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Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot Hardcover – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2007
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Shortlisted for the 2008 NSC football book of the year award
"Outcasts! is a must-read for all football fans." --Sporting Life
"One book to intrigue the discerning reader this Christmas." --Sunday Telegraph
"Buy this!" --The Times
"Menary is an admirably sure-footed guide ... he never loses sight of the human stories ... a gentle meditation not merely on the power of football, but also on what it means to be a country." --Jonathan Wilson, When Saturday Comes
"Lively, informative." --The Independent on Sunday
"There are a great many cherishable anecdotes to be found, and the issues he raises, while often perplexing, are of considerable relevance in international football. Menary is an enthusiast with a talent for getting the best out of his interviewees and a keen eye for the encapsulating episode, such as the time that a Greenland cup semi-final being played on a seaside pitch was interrupted by a tidal wave when an iceberg capsized. --Daily Telegraph
"Thought provoking questions about the nature of national identity." --Four Four Two
Excellent... Outcasts is as good as it gets --Birmingham Post
"Once in a while a book comes along with an unusual subject matter that captures the imagination and Menary's Outcasts falls into that category." --Yorkshire Post
"A thoroughly absorbing and entertaining examination of the issues involved, never threatening to outstay its welcome." --Isle of Man Today
"A fascinating insight." --Guernsey Press & Star
Excellent! --Scotland on Sunday
"Outcasts! is a great book, about the love of the game that makes people want to take part and how FIFA make their odd decisions." --The League magazine
A most underrated read. In the course of 224 pages, Menary embarks on a journey that at the outset appears to encompass only the periphery of the beautiful game, but quickly transcends into an absorbing study of football's global pulse. Beyond the sickly world of lavishly over marketed club brand coverage, the grim realities of life and football's role as an escape are illustrated perfectly here. Outcasts! leads you well away from FIFA's comfort zone with pied piper like Menary the most compelling of guides. Sepp Blatter would not want you to read this book, and that alone should be complete justification for doing so."
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The book contains so many fascinating stories, that it is difficult to pick one single out. One of my favorite is the story about football on the Falklands Islands, where the passion for football and politics are mixed together. The story about Chris Clarke, who went to take a trial in Boca Juniors, is an intersting example of this mixture. Another fascinating story is about the football in Greenland, where players have to travel long dangerous distances to play football matches, which sometime has tragically consequences.
OUTCASTS is also a very topical. The tiny British colony, Gibraltar, is at the moment trying once again to become a member of UEFA. Gibraltar's membership will be taken up to account at the UEFA Congress in 2013, when all UEFA's members will vote on whether Gibraltar will receive a membership or not. This is certainly not the first time Gibraltar is trying to become member of UEFA. The book describes very well Gibraltar's attempt in 2007 to become a member of UEFA, but where the football giant, Spain, threatened to boycott UEFA if Gibraltar was given a membership.
For me personally the book, Outcasts, is very interesting. I come from the Faroe Islands, which is not an independent nation under the UN.Read more ›
Steve travels around the world and speaks to people involved at the bottom of the international football pyramid getting to know how a man from Denmark started up the Tibet national team, a German comedian organizing an alternative world cup and a Dad who initially just wanted to raise a team for his son to play for but ended up starting a national football team.
If you are intrigued by the world of Football outside of FIFA, away from the mega rich in the Premier League or La Liga then I cant highly recommend Outcasts enough.
Some of the places covered by Outcasts you may never of heard off but after reading this you will know all about football in the likes of Zanzibar, Vatican City, Kosovo or the Northern Marianas Island.
It may be a couple years since this book was launched but the issues and stories told in this book are still important and relevant today. Their is also a number of great photos inside the book which lets you see for yourself the great characters involved in the book.
Recent legal haranguing has seen the territory of Gibraltar gain UEFA membership, playing their first fully fledged international match in November 2013. Their admission to the European governing body was so controversial given Spain’s refusal to accept their membership application and the fact that UEFA and FIFA changed their rules, but crucially only after Gibraltar’s original application, to exclude non-independent territories. Only excluding those not already in the club that is. The likes of Faroe Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Anguilla and Turks & Caicos Islands may not be independent nations but they are already part of football’s world.
In this book Steve Menary explores football in some of the world’s smaller aspiring “national” football teams, from Gibraltar to Jersey, Guernsey, Greenland, Northern Cyprus and Tibet among others. What comes across in every tale of dashed dreams is a love of the game and a simple desire to be able to represent their “nation” on a grander stage than they are currently allowed. For many, local clashes such as the annual Jersey – Guernsey match are the main focus of their ambitions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An Instant classic, that opens up a whole new subject of research, It managed to conceptualise the real feelings of island people and brings the plight of island nations to the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joe
As a football fan and a student of international relations, Steve Menary's book has been a pleasure to read and a great resource for my academic work. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Guillaume
This is a very interesting read for anyone interested in football as a global game. It covers the 'nations' not recognised by FIFA and their efforts to play international football,... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2015 by M. V. Clarke
I liked the premise of this book but felt it was more about the fixtures and results rather than the stories about these Micronations struggles against the might of FIFA. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by Tony Savage
Started of well and had the potential to be a very interesting read but soon devolved into meaningless tat. Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by Stu Camps
This is the perfect book for people like me who love learning about football in the world's most obscure and isolated areas. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by Callum
What a pleasure to read "Outcasts !", which reflects how massive is Menary's knowledge about a topic which hasn't been well developed in other written sources. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2013 by Magis
Steve Menary is not your usual sportswriter. His articles are not about the "powerful" Manchester United or the "magnificent" Barcelona. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Konstantinos K.
A well-written book that unearths untold stories from around the world. Recommended for football fans who prefer the game off beat and stripped back, rather than mass-produced and... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by Owen