Finn Mccool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and

10 thoughts on “Finn Mccool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead

  1. Trevor Kew Trevor Kew says:

    Stephen Rea populates this hilarious yet poignant memoir with a cast of larger than life but all too real expats and Americans who strive to start a pub football team in New Orleans despite age fitness levels and remarkably high blood alcohol In the background looms the spectre of Hurricane Katrina which strikes the city shortly before their first competitive matchRea's memoir is a welcome addition to the football memoirbiography genre especially as it focuses on amateur football rather than the absolute elite 999999999% of us play at the amateur level but I'm willing to bet that a similar percentage of football books focus on the elite This is for obvious reasons of course but for those of us for whom our Sunday leagues are just as important or important than the Premier League Champions League or World Cup Rea's book really resonates It got me on several levels I have lived outside my country Canada for the past 15 years and so I really understood the way that playing and watching football helps one to settle in and meet both locals and expats Rea's descriptions of playing in the Latino leagues possibly the funniest part of the book made me think of my own experiences as the lone white guy in a Tokyo league though thankfully there was a bit less whingeing and kicking On a sombre note his evocative description of the hurricane and its aftermath coupled with his heartfelt fears for the city itself recalled the 2011 tsunami in Japan for me which like Rea I would say was a shocking and painful experience but led to a closer connection to my adopted homeland in the end Last but not least I also have a wife who hates the cold and does not in the slightest comprehend my obsession with chasing a little ball around a muddy pitch for 90 minutes with 21 other sweaty men Well worth a read And I hope to get to New Orleans one day to pay that pub a visit Maybe I'll even bring my gloves and boots

  2. John Young John Young says:

    This book might be good for avid football soccer fans and New Orleans residents but I found it tedious Often too the author would uote people ad nauseam instead of summarizing what they said At first I enjoyed it The author is funny but I soon tired of it I must admit I didn't finish it I kept hoping it would get better but gave up

  3. Mahlon Mahlon says:

    35Stephen Rea can write there’s no doubt about that However I feel like the character flaws of the people he wrote about got in the way of the story a little bit I found Frank the Tank's lackadaisical attitude hard to take but readers will be awestruck by the resiliency of these people and their fight for survival in the face of extreme adversity

  4. John John says:

    Book about a pub soccer team in New Orleans and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of the players

  5. Alan Alan says:

    Wonderful book about friendship and soccer in an unlikely place at a difficult time When Stephen Rea arrived in New Orleans as a stranger in a strange land he spent a long time looking for mates to play soccer with The south is not a soccer friendly place My wife from New Orleans says that it is viewed as a communist plot right up there with fluoridation of water Finding some like minded guys in Finn McCool's Pub they form an over 35 soccer team and are just about to play when Hurricaine Katrina comes to town The team is scattered across the country some having lost everything they owned This is the story of the origins dissolution and regathering of the Pub soccer team and the the bar that forms the hub around which their lives revolve Reading it during the World Cup adds an additional pleasure to savoring this very funny and well written book

  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    I am a huge fan of any sports story The sport itself does not matter as much as what someone learned gained or lost from the moment Everyone know that sports stories aren't really about sports they are about the human experience What touched me most about this book was the human connections that were built through the love of a game that were tested by a tragedy that affected all involved in one way or another If I am ever in New Orleans I want to not just go and have a drink at Finn McCool's but I want to go and watch an actual game because win or lose the team from Finn McCool's FC make me want to just have that experience

  7. Adam Adam says:

    Being someone who lives in NOLA and arrived here long after Katrina I found it fascinating to read about the neighborhoods that I freuent that one point were completely underwater I was impressed that a foreigner had so much devotion to this city after watching it be wiped away It really shows the allure of the city and how people are fiercely devoted to it The book was well written and even as an average non soccer watching American I loved how he described the makeup of the team and the obstacles he overcame to get a club together in the deep south Great read for anyone wanting to get an honest personal depiction of life before during and after Katrina

  8. {dvc} {dvc} says:

    A casual yet poignant autobiography of a soccer obsessed Northern Irish expat as he moves to and falls in love with New Orleans and one of the best bars in town in my opinion Finn McCools FMFC tells not only Stephen Rea's story but also those of his pub team teammates before during and after Hurricane Katrina with refreshing insight into the storm and the recovery from it by someone not from here This book also goes a long to prove that New Orleans is just as capable of creating die hard natives from non natives just as much as ones that are born there A great read

  9. jamie jamie says:

    a very good book about an expat from northern ireland and a fellow fan of my favorite footballsoccer team who moves to new orleans connects with several other expats and forms their own pub football team only to be interrupted before their first competitive match by the devastation of hurricane katrina the humor of the formation of the team and the bond he and his friends form is lovely and it is eually as devastating to hear the stories of what he and his friends went through when katrina tore its way through their adopted city a very engaging read

  10. John John says:

    I purchased Finn McCool's Football Club to read a book about soccer and I read a wonderful story of the human side of the Katrina tragedy The author and his pub soccer team are dispersed around the country in the aftermath of Katrina It is a compelling story of how their bond and love for soccer draws them back to New Orleans Some of the individual stories of those trying to escape the city during the hurricane are chilling You will not be able to put this down

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Finn Mccool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead ⚣ Finn Mccool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead Books ⚡ Author Stephen Rea – This luminous gripping work follows the author and Finn regulars as they rebuild their lives and their team With a masterful combination of dry humor and astute profundity Rea reflects on his adopted This luminous gripping work follows Football Club: Epub à the author and Finn regulars as they rebuild their lives and their team With a masterful combination of dry humor and astute profundity Rea reflects on his adopted city providing powerful insight into the lives of the foreign born and minority groups that stayed behind during Finn Mccool's PDF or Katrina due to the little they had to lose Filled with eually hilarious and sobering anecdotes and no shortage of good soccer stories Rea seamlessly weaves his experiences alongside his teammates’ harrowing survival stories A breathtaking and incredible debut celebrating camaraderie sportsmanship and survival  Finn McCool’s Football Club  stands out as a Mccool's Football Club: PDF/EPUB ¼ haunting and powerful memoir filled with laughter loss astonishment and of course soccer.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 348 pages
  • Finn Mccool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead
  • Stephen Rea
  • English
  • 24 November 2016

About the Author: Stephen Rea

Stephen Rea is a freelance Football Club: Epub à writer who has contributed to national and international newspapers magazines and Web sites for than twenty years He has worked for the Sun in the United Kingdom as well as regional newspapers in the news features spo.