How To Be an Ex-Footballer (Hardback)
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How To Be an Ex-Footballer (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 13/10/2022
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The inimitable Peter Crouch delivers an endlessly entertaining, anecdote-rich account of what comes after a professional footballer career, sharing jaw-dropping tales from both those who have stayed in the sport and those who have moved to entirely new pastures.

Often recruited before they've worn long trousers, today's footballers become superstars who earn huge amounts without ever learning much about the world beyond the training ground. Coddled by their support teams, everything is done for them. They live their lives in the glaring media spotlight, yet only really develop one life skill - how to kick a ball better. Then inevitably, when age catches up with them or injury strikes, these man-children are thrown out into the real world, utterly defenceless apart from their multi-million-pound bank accounts.

So what do these Peter Pans, whose careers end just as most people's are getting going, do with the rest of their lives? Crouch speaks from his own experience and discusses with fellow former professionals too - just how do you safely release a near seven-foot striker back into the wild?

Peter goes in search of the answer to what his second career might be and encounters stories far more bizarre than anything you'll find on the pitch. From the pleasure and pain of management to the lessons we can learn from Jamie Carragher and Joe Cole on not going to seed. From those staying in the sport - the diehard veterans, coaches, managers, owners and of course the legion of pundits, to those moving on to pastures new. Peter talks to entrepreneurs, men of the cloth, eco warriors, artists, private detectives and budding actors, as well as those who've lost their way in addiction, crime and NFTs.

When the final whistle blows, it's still all to play for.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9781529106589
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 509 g
Dimensions: 242 x 165 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

However overpaid and preening you might assume Premier League footballers to be, think again. They're worse, according to this amusing insider's account - Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year

Who knew that a footballer could be funny? ... What you realise, as you laugh out loud, is that football has been taken too seriously by too many people for too long... Most other football books wither by comparison - Daily Mail Sports Book of the Year

As someone who's been there, done it and got the ill-fitting T-shirt, Crouch is well placed to shed light on the bizarre world of the modern player in a funny, down-to-earth way... He made his name on the pitch ... but with this book, Crouch proves he is a good sport off it, too - Jade Craddick, Sun

On his way to being a national treasure... most enjoyable - Daily Telegraph

The funniest man in British sport - Metro

Peter Crouch is a comedy genius - Daily Mail

One of the funniest human beings on the planet - Romesh Ranganathan

Very funny on almost every page, wonderfully self-deprecating and very sharp on the ludicrous behaviour of the modern player - Sunday Times

I'm not a big book reader, I'm just not. And I've skimmed through this already and thought 'I'm gonna really, really, really, really like this. Seriously, I'm really gonna like it - Chris Moyles

I've never read a sports book before, but it is really funny - Alex Jones

Good footballers come and go but comedy genius - that's for life - Johnny Vaughan

I've read a good number of books by footballers, both for business and pleasure, and this is easily one of the best, mainly on the grounds that it's incredibly funny - Ben Machell, The Times Magazine

One of the funniest books ever - Shortlist

Incredibly funny - Jilly Cooper

Endearing and very funny - Choice Magazine

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