Sebastian Abbot

The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars

Sebastian Abbot

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The Away Game tells the gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history. Over the past decade, Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals. In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe’s top clubs.

Sebastian Abbot

Sebastian Abbot worked for the Associated Press in Cairo and Islamabad, where he was the bureau chief. He is the author of The Away Game.

The Away Game

The Away Game tells the gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history.

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