Who Ate All the Squid?: Football Adventures in South Korea

Michael Wagg

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From the publisher:

When a struggling Korean football club wants to transform its fortunes, who does it turn to? A former Chelsea manager and a trio of players with Premier League experience, of course.

Who Ate All the Squid?: Football Adventures in South Korea charts the year Ian Porterfield managed faltering K League giant Busan IPark. The Sunderland FA Cup legend lured three players from English football out to Korea: striker Jamie Cureton, an ex-England youth international who turned down Manchester United; Andy Cooke, a former Burnley and Stoke City forward who started his career building cowsheds; and Jon Olav Hjelde, who bolstered Nottingham Forest after achieving UEFA Champions League heroics with Rosenborg.

How will the players cope with South Korea's unfamiliar culture and language? Can the Brits overcome personal demons, including car crashes, divorces and alcoholism? And does a British football revolution really stand a chance of succeeding in Northeast Asia?

The book also casts a humorous glimpse at the world's game inside South Korea.

The author:

Devon Rowcliffe has written about Korean football for the Korea Times, World Football Pages and Vancouver Sun, and has been interviewed about the sport by Televisa Deportes, CBC Radio One, COPA90 and VICE. He spent a year travelling across the Korean peninsula to watch K League matches with Busan I'cons FC supporters. He is a columnist who writes football opinion and political commentary, and he holds a master's degree in Asian studies.

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Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
Paperback
256 pages
November 2020
English
9781785317286