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Footballer: My Story [Hardcover]

Kelly Smith

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Book Description

Aug. 13 2012
The inspiring story of how a girl from Watford became the greatest player in England's history and one of the biggest stars in world football.
She has been called the best player in the world. She has been called the Zinedine Zidane of the women's game. She has scored more goals for England than any other player in history. Yet since she was old enough to kick a ball, Kelly Smith has had to battle every step of the way to play the game she loves.
Girls were not welcome when Kelly first started out, practising for hours to hone her sublime skills, but after outshining all the boys in the teams she played in, she became a pioneer for English women's football. A teenage sensation and the nation's first professional footballer, Kelly was soon a star, a genius with the ball at her feet, but a series of injuries led to periods of depression and then alcoholism as she struggled to cope without the sport.
As she nears the end of her glittering career, Kelly now tells the heartfelt story of her triumphs and tragedies, of how she beat her demons to put England on the world football map. It is a tale of overcoming prejudice to live your dream, and of how it feels and what it means to be a woman at the very top of her game.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (Aug. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593069331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593069332
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #831,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kelly Smith's life is film-script material" Henry Winter "A great read but so very sad in parts" Jacqui Oatley "An entertaining read... It is Smith the footballer that resonates - her achievements and disappointments, the graft, the hunger, the esteem for rivals, the battles to overcome injuries that would have finished a lesser player, the strongly held beliefs about the game." -- Catherine Etoe Camden New Journal

About the Author

KELLY SMITH was born in Watford on October 29, 1978 and started playing football at the age of six. Prevented from playing in mixed teams by jealous parents, she eventually found a girls side and was soon spotted by American scouts who offered her a university scholarship. By 17, she was already a striker for Arsenal Ladies and an England international. In 1999, Kelly became England's first ever women's professional footballer and played for Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA before returning home to win every honour in the domestic game with Arsenal, including their sensational quadruple in 2007 when they became champions of Europe. She was named Player of the Year for the second year in a row in 2007 and awarded an MBE in 2008. Kelly has scored a record 43 goals in more than 100 appearances for her country, helping England to the final of the European Championships in 2009 and the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2007. She currently plays her club football for Boston Breakers in the USA.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading Sept. 7 2013
By Robert Robertson - Published on
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I enjoyed the book. It fits nice with Hope Solo book to give a feel for what's its like to play at the professional level. My daughter plays on a college soccer team so, I have been following the subject for some time. There is an excellent history of womens soccer which provides the global and historical view written by a Canadian author that is useful as well
3.0 out of 5 stars inspiring for young female footballers Feb. 9 2013
By anthony borg - Published on
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Kelly shows the ups and downs of professional football, the sacrifices and glories such sport as football involves. I feel the book is too 'footballwise' and there are gaps in her private life that she seems to omit completely that would have made this book more honest and complete
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent personal account of becoming a great player and overcoming alcoholism Nov. 10 2012
By mskenny - Published on
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Kelly Smith must be one of the greatest athletes ever to play regularly in the city of Boston and go almost completely unnoticed. This is because first, she's a brilliant player, second, she plays soccer (football to everyone but us in the USA,) and third, because she's a woman. "Footballer" is a tale of learning to be exactly that in a world where women were not supposed to be footballers. That part of the story is well told, but there's more to it than the story of an athlete overcoming many obstacles to excel at her sport. It is also the story of a woman who had to travel alone to a strange country in order to pursue her craft and who turned to alcohol to deal with her fears and her discomfort with standing out from the crowd. This is a very honest story; Kelly does not avoid the difficult parts of her life but instead gets right to the heart of them. I suppose if you are not a soccer fan then parts of the book that recount Kelly's career with the England women's national team may not thrill you, but then you probably aren't considering reading this book anyway. My only quibble is that as a fan of the Boston Breakers (for whom Kelly's excellence did not go unnoticed,) there is only a bare retelling of this period of her life. I was dying to get to this part of the book but was left a little disappointed. Otherwise, this is a very well-written book and I enjoyed reading it immensely.

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