A teenaged boy plays soccer in a suburban park. His name is Raheem Sterling. The call is made: “Get down here quick. This is something special.” Another boy is 8, going on 28. His name is Jack Wilshere. The referee, an Arsenal scout, spirits him away from Luton Town. A young goalkeeper struggles on loan at Cheltenham Town in League Two. His name is Jack Butland. Within months he will be playing for England. Welcome to soccer's hidden tribe. Scouts are everywhere yet nowhere, faceless and nameless, despite making the informed decisions worth millions. Award-winning sportswriter Michael Calvin opens up their hidden world, examining their disconnected lifestyles, petty betrayals, and unconsidered professionalism of men who spend long, lonely hours on the road.
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Michael Calvin is is a sportswriter who has worked in more than 80 countries, covering seven summer Olympics and six World Cup finals. He has been named Sportswriter of the Year once and Sports Reporter of the Year twice. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday. His book Family: Life Death and Football was shortlisted in the 2011 Sports Book Awards.Review:
"A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told" -- Rob Bagchi Guardian "There's a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin's The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts." The Bookseller "Thoroughly recommended reading. Terrific" -- John Cross Daily Mirror "The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin is a book you have to read" -- Tony Evans The Times "I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin - brilliant book, great journalism " -- Ian Herbert The Independent
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Book Description Random House UK, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111780891075
Book Description Random House UK, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1780891075
Book Description Random House UK, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1780891075