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The story of the immense struggle to qualify for the World Cup, Thirty-One Nil roams from American Samoa to Zambia in a remarkable and insightful journey that gets under the skin of world football.
James Montague is a journalist and author who writes for the New York Times, CNN, GQ and World Soccer, reporting from the Middle East and beyond. His first book When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone won him Best New Writer at the 2009 British Sports Book of the Year Awards. He was described in Sports Illustrated as 'The Indiana Jones of soccer writing.' He appears regularly on CNN as well as writing and producing regular radio shows for the BBC World Service's award-winning World Football show.
[Montague] captures a dazzling amount of detail...Thirty-One Nil is well worthy of entry to the canon of great football reportage. * Independent * The Indiana Jones of soccer journalism * Sports Illustrated * as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking * FourFourTwo * vibrant and colourful...Thirty-One Nil is a a brilliant read * Back page Football * a gripping tale...Montague's book is a tale of dreaming despite the odds, and its strength lies in the many compelling individuals featured in its pages * South China Morning Post * a compelling, exciting book...let Thirty-One Nil take you on an emotional journey that rekindles your love of international football. * These Football Times * a vibrant, at times emotional, chronicle * Independent on Sunday * every story is emotionally-charged, re-kindling a love of the game * Etihad Inflight Magazine * It's a fantastic book! -- Grant Wahl