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  • 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: #764,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Worth reading Sept. 7 2013
By Robert Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
inspiring for young female footballers Feb. 9 2013
By anthony borg - Published on Amazon.com
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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
Excellent personal account of becoming a great player and overcoming alcoholism Nov. 10 2012
By mskenny - Published on Amazon.com
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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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