From the publisher:
A Season on the Med: Riviera Football in Italy and France (With a Trip to Athens for Stan) is a story of football where the sun always shines - with a difference. In the wake of Brexit, writer Alex Wade decamped to Menton, the last town on the Cote d'Azur. During a swim from France to Italy, he realised two things.
An array of great football clubs - from Nice, Marseille and Monaco to Genoa, Sampdoria and Spezia - were on his doorstep on the French and Italian Rivieras. Plus his hero, Queens Park Rangers talisman Stan Bowles, once played on the Med. Wade embarked on a journey of discovery to experience Riviera football over the 2021/22 season, with two questions in mind.
Is football on the Med more laid-back, languid and amiable than elsewhere? And could he make it to Athens in a tribute to Bowles? Eloquently written with a blend of reportage, travelogue and memoir, A Season on the Med ends unexpectedly inland, in Brumano, Italy, as Wade captures the spirit of Riviera football and grapples with the meaning of heroes, and home.
Alex Wade's first book, Wrecking Machine, was a Sunday Times Sports Book of the Week. Wade went on to write two acclaimed books on surfing, and a novel, Flack's Last Shift. In A Season on the Med he returns to his first love, football, but he doesn't just chronicle his experience of going to games along the French and Italian Rivieras. Instead, Wade, a lawyer as well as a writer and journalist, probes the nature and meaning of hero-worship.