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A Game of Two Halves: Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes

Amy Raphael

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From the publisher:

Ever wondered which goal Frank Lampard is proudest of, who Jurgen Klopp thinks will manage Liverpool in the future, what Rio Ferdinand thinks of Man United in the post-Ferguson years or exactly how many grey cashmere jumpers Pep Guardiola owns? In this collection of frank and funny conversations between footballers and their biggest fans, these vital questions (and many more) are finally addressed. A Game of Two Halves shows a different side to some of the biggest names in football, reminding us of the common ground we all share. This project is published in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with the goal of raising both funds for and awareness of their work with child refugees.

Featuring forewords by Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker and interviews between:

Jurgen Klopp & John Bishop
Pep Guardiola & Johnny Marr
Lucy Bronze & Clare Balding
Frank Lampard & Omid Djalili
Rio Ferdinand & Rachel Riley
Ian Wright & Wretch 32
Hector Bellerin & Romesh Ranganathan
Steven Gerrard & David Morrissey
Gary Lineker & Fahd Saleh
Eric Dier & David Lammy
John McGlynn & Val McDermid
Vivianne Miedema & Amy Raphael

The author:

Amy Raphael has been writing about popular culture and sport for over 30 years. Her most recent book, A Seat at the Table: Women on the Frontline of Music, was published earlier this year. She co-wrote Steve Coogan's autobiography, Easily Distracted, and worked with David Hare on his memoir, The Blue Touch Paper.

As a journalist, Amy has interviewed around a thousand pop culture icons, including Kurt Cobain, Patti Smith, George Best, Steve McManaman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, George Pelecanos and Sir Peter Blake.

Amy was features editor of both The Face and Elle and then editor-at-large and sports editor of Esquire. She has written for myriad magazines and all the major UK broadsheets.


Allen & Unwin
21 x 15 cm
384 pages
October 2019