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Thirty-One Nil
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Winner of the Football Book of the Year Award, Cross British Sports Book Awards 2015 In a tiny, decaying aluminium smelting town in southern Tajikistan, a short drive from a raging war zone, Afghanistan take on Palestine in the first Asian qualifier for the World Cup. Every player on both teams is risking something by playing: their careers, their families, even their lives. Yet, along with thousands of other footballers backed by millions of supporters, they all dream of snatching one of the precious 32 places at the finals; and so begins a three-year epic struggle - long before the usual suspects start their higher-profile qualifying campaigns under the spotlight. Named after the greatest victory (and defeat) that the World Cup qualifiers have ever seen (Australia's 31-0 victory over American Samoa), Thirty-One Nil is the story of how footballers from all corners of the globe begin their journey chasing a place at the World Cup Finals. It celebrates the part-time priests, princes and hopeless chancers who dream of making it to Brazil, in defiance of the staggering odds stacked against them. It tells the story of teams who have struggled for their very existence through political and social turmoil, from which they will very occasionally emerge into international stardom. From the endlessly humiliated San Marino to lowly Haiti; from war-torn Lebanon to the oppressed and fleet-footed players of Eritrea, in Thirty-One Nil James Montague gets intimately and often dangerously close to some of the world's most extraordinary teams, and tells their exceptional stories.
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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.

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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.

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[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

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