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Outcasts!: The Lands That FIFA Forgot Hardcover – November 1, 2007

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Outcasts! is a must-read for all football fans. - Sporting Life; One book that might intrigue the discerning reader this Christmas - Sunday Telegraph; Buy this - The Times; Lively, informative - The Independent on Sunday; Menary is an enthusiast with a talent for getting the best out of his interviewees and a keen eye for the encapsulating episode - Daily Telegraph; Thought provoking questions about the nature of national identity - Four Four Two; 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 - When Saturday Comes; 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; Outcasts is as good as it gets - Birmingham Post; Excellent! - The Scotsman.

About the Author

Steve Menary is a freelance journalist and writes on sport and business for magazines including World Soccer and When Saturday Comes.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905449313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905449316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,016,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. D. Carli on July 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot" is a book written by Steve Menary. It's a book about the world of Unrecognised Football Nations, football nations that are not allowed by the FIFA to internationally represent themselves. It's a publication highly recommended for anybody that is interested in Unrecognised Football Nations (abbreviated to UFN from here on). But it's such a well written book that it's also understandable and interesting for people who don't know much about the world of football outside of FIFA.

"Outcasts" is a book that gets into the seemingly countless amount of inconsistencies in FIFA regulations. This is a book about football nations that want to represent themselves by playing international football matches, but are not allowed to do just that. Also in this book are stories about the NF-Board (New Federation-Board) who want to let all the people play.

You can't write a book about UFN without mentioning the NF-Board, so there's quite a lot of stories about the NF-Board here. There are stories about the good: "the NF-Board's initial provisional membership swells to 17 football federations" and the bad: "[it] should be the first game in the VIVA World Cup, but, not only are there no fans, there are no teams." The stories in the book are very honest. Steve Menary tries to describe people and events as accurate as possible and doesn't try to make things seem better than they are in reality.

NF-Board president Christian Michelis and NF-Board general secretary Jean-Luc Kit, who are very impressed with Menary's book, were actually the ones who recommended me to buy this book. And I'm quite happy for that as I've obviously enjoyed reading it.

The book has it's factual errors though.
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Format: Hardcover
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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