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Posted on March 02, 2012 by samh

There were lots of trivia/fun books released at the beginning of 2012, including The Football Grounds Quiz Book: 250 Questions on Football Stadium History, by Kevin Snelgrove, 101 Things That Get Our Goat: About Football, by Rick Holden and Dave Moore, and The Football Lover’s Companion, by Johnny Morgan. Among the new biographies were The Didi Man, by Dietmar Hamann.

One of the most interesting of the recent crop of new football books, though, is the acclaimed Up Pohnpei, by Paul Watson, which is rather lengthily subtitled “A quest to reclaim the soul of football by leading the world’s ultimate underdogs to glory.” It tells the tale of two Brits who coached the worst football team in the world to their first ever victory. The island of Pohnpei is a small dot in the Pacific ocean with a population of 36,000 people. It’s one of the wettest places on earth and two thirds of the population suffers from obesity. But, Matt and Paul helped overturn the “worst team in the world” moniker by coaching them to their first victory, avenging a 16-1 defeat to neighbouring island, Guam, ten years before.

The pair were on Soccer AM recently talking about the book, and are making a film about their adventures – see the trailer here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen.

Keep a lookout here for more updates – hopefully we’ll be able to report on the book and future projects soon. The film project needs to raise $35,000, so do visit the Kickstarter website to find out more.

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