Europe United - Matt Walker (Hardcover)

1 football fan. 1 crazy season. 55 UEFA nations

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Description

One superfan's quest to experience top-division league football in all 55 UEFA member countries in a single season.

Product Details

Barcode
9781787476127
Department
Books
Released
8 Aug 2019
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Matt Walker
Subtitle
1 football fan. 1 crazy season. 55 UEFA nations
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Quercus Publishing
Language
English
Number of Pages
400
Dimensions
240 x 156 x 156mm (236g)

Summary

AS SEEN ON BBC FOOTBALL FOCUS AND BT SPORT
'Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable' Sunday Sport
'One man and his quest to see a game in every UEFA nation in one season' Paul Doyle, Guardian

EUROPE UNITED follows Matt Walker's unprecedented challenge to experience top-division football in all 55 UEFA countries in a single season.

In June 2017, Matt said farewell to his job, surrendered his Fulham FC season ticket and set off for Georgia, the first stop on his mission. He would end his adventure eleven months later in Montenegro, having conquered the continent and captured the imagination of its sporting media.

His epic journey would pose its challenges. Yet no amount of airport confusion in Iceland, unusual betting activity in Latvia, spectator bans in Albania, disturbances in Kosovo or ropey breakfast buffets in Moldova would make Matt miss a matchday. And then there were the games themselves: showcasing the full spectrum of footballing theatre, from the truly sublime to the utterly ridiculous.

Matt's trip would also bequeath him footballing wisdom beyond his imagination. Not only would he learn that Liechtenstein had its very own 'golden generation', but also why one football club in Gibraltar is benefitting from a television gameshow, who in La Liga's mascot is a giant anchovy, how Tony Adams fared in his managerial spell in Azerbaijan, and just what Bosko Balaban is up to these days.

This is the story of one fan on a once-in-a-lifetime experience: travelling to Europe's unseen corners, talking with its unsung supporters, and tracing the beautiful game across the breadth of our brilliant, bizarre continent.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Soccer
BISAC Subject 1
Travel / Europe / General
BISAC Subject 2
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
BISAC Subject 3
Sports & Recreation / Football
BIC Classification 2
Sports teams & clubs
BIC Classification 3
Football (Soccer, Association football)
BIC Classification 4
Travel writing
Library Subject 1
Soccer fans
Library Subject 2
Soccer - Europe
Dewey Classification
796.334094
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Matt Walker is an author, keen photographer and football globetrotter. He has watched hundreds of matches at Craven Cottage and in countries as diverse as Iran, Colombia and Ghana. He decided to combine his passions for football and travel by watching a match in all of Europe's top leagues in one season. Matt lives in London with his cats and heavy metal CDs. Europe United is his first book.