I Am the Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game Paperback – Sep 10 2012
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"This is better than any turgid football biography on the bookshelves and well worth seeking out" Sunday Business Post "A recklessly honest read that pairs huilty pleasure gossip with a moral compass, as TSF is force-fed a lifestyle that comes with being a Premier League footballer" Loaded "Not since the days of the great super-injuctions has the identity of an anonymous sports star cause as much speculation as that surrounding the mysterious author of the Guardian column, The Secret Footballer, which has been running in the paper for the last 18 months" Choice magazine "A hugely insightful and opinionated commentary on the modern game" Morning Star Online
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The further I read, the more bored I got. For there is nothing controversial about anything that The Secret Footballer reveals. And 'reveals' is far too strong a word ...anyone who can get the least surprised about anything s/he learns from this book is either extremely naïve or knows nothing of football.
Therefore: I really don't see what the big deal is. Of course professional football runs like The Secret Footballer describes it. It is not even very creatively or entertainingly written. Not that it has to be, but that could at least have kept me intrigued till the end.
The most entertaining (or sad?) moment does come towards the end though: His story about a student girl he met in South Korea makes for a good little story or joke. But that's more or less it. The rest is a collection of unsurprising everyday tales from behind the scenes. Which may be secret but are honestly not very interesting, even to a football fan.
See more details on whoisthesecretfootballer.co.uk and the guardian newspaper, guardian.co.uk/football
Finished the book and it was consistently good throughout. I'd advise not skipping the chapter on agents as a another reviewer did. It gave another perspective, and given some of the stories and questions about the recent transfer window (ending August 31 2012), it gives some possible insights as to why certain players did or didn't get bought or sold or went to clubs we didn't expect.