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If I Started to Cry, I Wouldn't Stop


    deCoubertin Books are delighted to be European distributors for Fair Play Publishing in Australia.

    Paperback. Pages: 216. Size: 148x210mm. ISBN: 978-0-648407-38-6. Publication: April 2019.

    If I started to cry, I wouldn't stop'  is a snapshot in time - of the glorious, problematic, and cursed path of football in Australia (yes all those things), starting with Mark Bosnich in Sydney in 1996 and ending with Harry Kewell in Istanbul in 2009 - and many things in between which Matthew Hall had a front row seat to. 

    At a time when football wasn't quite so 'cool' or popular, Matthew managed to actually get paid to report on the game, beyond the hamstrings and groins, and looking - as he says - back stage.

    For anyone who remembers these times, it's a terrific trip down memory lane. For those who don't, or who were not even alive at the time, read and learn!


    Matthew Hall is the author of The Away Game and Robbie Slater: The Hard Way. He produced and wrote the award-winning film adaption of the The Away Game. He covered four FIFA World Cups while writing about football for The Guardian, The Observer, the New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sun-Herald, The Australian, the Daily Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Rolling Stone, When Saturday Comes, FourFourTwo, Inside Sport, Playboy, ESPN, The World Game, and the Saturday Paper, among others.  

    He has campaigned against human rights violations in sport and human trafficking through sports. Born in Perth, Western Australia, he lives in New York City where he coaches girls soccer teams. 

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