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Game of Two Halves, A: Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes [9781911630036]

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There are nearly 50 million displaced children in the world, but it's all too easy to overlook them in these fractured times. In 2017, the actor David Morrissey - a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency - and the journalist Amy Raphael visited Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon.

They were horrified by the stories they heard there and came back determined to do something about it. They'd also noticed that the Syrian kids all had favourite premier league teams and thus an idea was born. What if David and Amy engineered an anthology of celebrities interviewing their favourite footballers, with all royalties going to UNHCR? And thus A Game of Two Halves was born.

Ever wondered which goal Frank Lampard is proudest of, who Jürgen 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

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

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. All royalty earnings from this project will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


Amy Raphael has been writing about popular culture and sport for more than 25 years. Most recently 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 and George Best, and myriad others from Bill Bailey to Bill Nighy, from Ian Rankin to George Pelecanos, from Gerald Scarfe to Sir Peter Blake.  Previous staff jobs include features editor of both The Face and Elle, followed by over five years as both editor-at-large and sports editor of Esquire. Amy has also written widely for all the major UK broadsheets as well as magazines.

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