The Away Game: The Inside Story of Australian Football’s Golden Generation
(Bola, July 12, 2018)
“The best account of Aussie soccer ever written.” RADIO SEN“Part travelogue, part investigative journalism, written with a real passion for the game, THE AWAY GAME gets beyond the headlines and into the heart of our place in the world game.” FHM MAGAZINE“Raised the bar on how soccer is written about in this country. At last someone has committed Australian soccer and its players to some serious scrutiny and some fine prose.” THE SUN-HERALDThe 2006 FIFA World Cup saw Australia announce itself as a football nation when the greatest generation of players the country has ever produced led the country on a historic campaign in Germany. Behind the dramatic games against Japan, Brazil, Croatia, and Italy were the untold stories of Australia’s soccer stars.For the 30 years before the 2006 World Cup, overseas clubs offering huge pay packets lured away the country’s best talent. Some dreams came true. Others crashed and burned. Rip offs, death threats, drugs, guns, corrupt officials: this is often the reality of life in the top leagues of European football. Now available as an e-book, Matthew Hall’s classic The Away Game is a collection of revealing, funny, and controversial stories thst lifts the lid on the secret lives of the players, administrators, agents, and coaches of the world’s most popular sport. Kewell, Viduka, Schwarzer, Bosnich, Slater, Grella, Johnston, Bresciano, Aloisi, Foster, Moore, Bernal, Zelic, Neill, Vidmar, Marston.