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Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey Paperback – May 27, 2014
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“[Montague] captures a dazzling amount of detail . . . Thirty-One Nil is well worthy of entry to the canon of great football reportage.” ―The Independent
“It's a fantastic book!” ―Grant Wahl
“The Indiana Jones of soccer journalism.” ―Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated
“Vibrant and colourful . . . Thirty-One Nil is a brilliant read.” ―Back Page Football
“A gripping tale . . . Montague's book is a tale of dreaming despite the odds, and its strength lies in the many compelling individuals featured in its pages.” ―South China Morning Post
“A compelling, exciting book . . . let Thirty-One Nil take you on an emotional journey that rekindles your love of international football.” ―These Football Times
“As heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.” ―FourFourTwo
“A vibrant, at times emotional, chronicle.” ―Independent on Sunday
“Passionate and moving and provides further evidence of the universality of football.” ―FourFourTwo on When Friday Comes
“Particularly recommended if you prefer your sporting non-fiction to have a dash of humour and a sprinkling of history.” ―Observer on When Friday Comes
“An excellent book, which is so, so much more than a book about sport or football; it is also a travelogue and a treatise on the politics of the Middle East . . . one of the most fascinating sports books of 2008.” ―Scotland on Sunday on When Friday Comes
About the Author
James Montague is a journalist and author who writes for the New York Times, CNN, GQ and World Soccer, reporting from the Middle East and beyond. His first book When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone won him Best New Writer at the 2009 British Sports Book of the Year Awards. He was described in Sports Illustrated as 'The Indiana Jones of soccer writing.' He appears regularly on CNN as well as writing and producing regular radio shows for the BBC World Service's award winning World Football show.
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At its heart, this is a book written by a man that not only loves the game, but understands why Davids still matter, even when Goliaths kick their butts. Montague is a tremendous writer. I actually had tears in my eyes reading the sections on Haiti and American Samoa. Real people, real heroes, awesome sports writing.