James Montague is an award-winning journalist and author of four books.
When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East (de Coubertin) follows the game in every country in the region — before, during and after the Arab Spring — examining where football, politics and religion intersect. It was first released in 2008 by Mainstream and won Best New Writer at the British Sports Book of the Year awards. It was heavily revised and re-released in 2013 by deCoubertin.
Thirty One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders (Bloomsbury) was released in May 2014, and a month later in the US. Thirty One Nil covers his journey to all six continents charting the qualification campaign for the World Cup finals in Brazil, through the eyes of the minnows and underdogs unlikely to make it there.
The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners (Bloomsbury) was released in the UK August 2017, and in the US in October the same year. The Billionaires Club tells the story of how the super rich have invested their wealth and political capital into football. It is a part history of club ownership, part in-depth investigation into the money and influence that connects the super-rich around the globe, and part travel book that crosses national boundaries in an attempt to reveal the real force behind modern-day football. The book has also been published in Japan, Turkey and Poland.
The Billionaires Club won Best Football Book at the 2018 British Sports Book of the Year Awards.
1312: Among the Ultras (Ebury) will be released in March 2020. 1312 is a global history of the ultras movement, from its birth in Italy (and roots in South America) to its eventual spread to almost every corner of the world. It is a truly global youth sub-culture that is highly organised, anti-authoritarian and deeply political. 1312 tells the story of how a fan culture built its own rules and how it has played its role in dynamic shifts of power across the globe.
James Montague has reported from over 80 countries and unrecognised republics and written for the New York Times, CNN, the Bleacher Report, World Soccer, The Guardian, GQ, Esquire and Delayed Gratification, to name a few. He is a two time finalist at the Foreign Press Association and One World Media Awards. He is represented by Rebecca Winfield at David Luxton Associates.
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