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Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot Hardcover – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Know the Score Books; illustrated edition edition (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905449313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905449316
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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While confessing an interest - I know the author Steve Menary - I can honestly say that this is an excellent book. At a time when football is increasingly dominated by money, Steve has travelled to countries ranging from Greenland to the Channel Islands to find people excluded from the mainstream but with more passion for the game than a whole host of Premiership stars. It's an insight into the politics at the margins of the game and a series of portraits of people and places I knew nothing about. Good for pub quizzes too - do you know who won the inaugural Wild Cup in 2006?
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Totally agree with the above review. Its great to read about the lesser nations - or should that be lesser non-nations ! Well written, with a great balance of factual information alongside the authors own tales. Much better value for money than much of the dross on the shelves in your local WHSmith.
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Steve Menary's book, OUTCASTS, can be recommended for anyone who loves football. The book gives a rare insight into a football world that usually does not get much attention in the international media. The book is about the lands that the world governing body of football, FIFA, does not accept as members. The denial of existence by FIFA does not stop these countries from playing football no matter what it takes and how remote these places are. The core of the book is therefore about the true love to the beautiful game.

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.
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Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot by Steve Menary is a must read for anyone interested not just in football but in people, politics and the world at large.

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.
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It is an odd thing it turns out, the definition of a country. What seems such a simple idea of nationhood can end up in a right royal mess when looking at some of the more ambiguous nations on Earth. It seems hard enough for the United Nations to agree on what is a country, so how does FIFA go about it? FIFA of course famously have more member “nations” than the United Nations; an anomaly explained by the inclusion of various non-independent territories, and of course the odd non-nation notably England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.<!--more-->

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.
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