No Hunger In Paradise: The Players. The Journey. The Dream

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*Award-winning writer of The Nowhere Men and Living at the Volcano is back to complete his football trilogy with a new book that tells the inside story of turning into a professional footballer.*”What’s your dream, son?”A six year-old boy, head bowed, mumbles the eternal answer: “Be a footballer….” Steadman Scott, football’s impossible talent scout, smiles indulgently, and takes him in from the street. He knows the odds. Only 180 of the 1.5 million boys who play organised youth football in England will grow to be a Premier League pro., That is a success rate of 0.012 per cent. How and why do the favoured few make it? What separates the good from the great? Who must they accept as true with – the coach, the agent or their parents?Michael Calvin provides the answers on a journey from non-league grounds to hermetically sealed Premier League palaces, by the use of gang-controlled sink estates and the England team’s inner sanctum. He interviews decision makers, behavioural specialists, football agents and leading coaches., He shares the hopes and fears of players and their parents. He exposes bullying and a black economy wherein children are commodities, but remains true to the dream.

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