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The Away Game

Nonfiction: History, Sports
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/06/2018

The Away Game

The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684410484
Digital Download ISBN:9781684410491


The Away Game is a compelling human story from inside what may be the biggest search for talent in sports history.

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For the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of young boys across Africa, looking for soccer's next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi's career and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program chooses just a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals; the process is one thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard University.

In an extraordinary work of reporting, international politics, and sports science, Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering Football Dreams academy in Doha, and fight for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe’s top clubs. Weaving together the drama of the boys' determination to chase their dreams with the latest ideas on talent spotting and predicting sporting success, Abbot memorably explores why some of the boys succeed and chronicles the heartbreak of those who don't.


“A sobering look at the realities of the pursuit of big-time sporting opportunities.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Follows a group of teenagers plucked from the dirt fields of Africa and swept up in the international soccer machine for a chance at stardom.” —Men's Journal

"An exhilarating, at times heartbreaking, and ultimately unforgettable journey that lays bare the true human stakes of the world's most popular game." —Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United

"Every fan of international soccer must read The Away Game. It shows how soccer stars are made, and it captures the desperation and the pain behind African footballers' search for fame and money in the Middle East and Europe." —Helon Habila, author of Oil on Water

Author Bio

Sebastian Abbot worked for the Associated Press in Cairo and Islamabad, where he was bureau chief. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.