Goalkeepers are Different

Goalkeepers are Different

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Rising quickly to stardom, a young soccer player is hit hard by the realization that the life of a professional athlete is not always glamorous.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 110 x 180 x 12mm | 113g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140306463
  • 9780140306460

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On fictional terms this isn't as successful as most of Glanville's adult novels, sports and otherwise; but he's the official commentator on soccer, no longer an exclusively British sport, and there's some instruction all along the way. . . up for Ronnie who starts off on a London schoolboys' team and then is signed on as a full pro at 17 under manager "Dirty Macintosh." For some time he's just on the Reserve team; then he gets his chance at Liverpool, does well, then blows a game and is sent back - his interest in the sport and spirit just about eliminated - when Macintosh is removed and Ron goes back in the line-up for a fairly heroic showing. Goalkeepers aren's actually that "different" from other competitors (they need to be tough and confident) and Glanville's story doesn't rise much above a documentary of a player in action, so you'll just have to rely on a certain amount of professional savvy and facility. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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