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Football across Borders (The Talk)

Assaf Gavron, Jeremy Gavron, Jerrold Kessel, Simon Kuper, Uri Sheradsky

28/02/2010 12:30 pm
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Assaf Gavron, the author of CrocAttack, Uri Sheradsky, editor of the monthly sports magazine, Shem Hamisehak, both members of the Israeli writers’ football team and their counterpart on the English team, Jeremy Gavron, (An Acre of Barren Ground) and Simon Kuper (Why England Lose) are joined by Jerrold Kessel, the author of Goals for Galilee, the story of a tiny Arab soccer club which won the Israeli State Cup discussed the ways in which football can bring together people, players and audiences of different nationalities, cultures and religions, transcending deep-rooted divides.

The Game – took place at Harry Abrahams stadium, Summers Lane, Finchley, London N12 OPD.

The writers’ football teams were made up of novelists, poets and non fiction writers. The England squad includes Whibread-prize winning novelist and central midfielder Patrick Neate, up-and-coming novelist, poet and striker Joe Dunthorne, and veteran goalie and fantasy writer, Graham Joyce, author of Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular. The Israel squad includes Avi Shilon, biographer of Menachem Begin, and defender Assaf Gavron, author of the controversial CrocAttack. The teams met for the first time in Tel Aviv in December 2008, when Israel twice came from behind to win 3-2 with a late penalty. It was an exciting game between the two.

England: Graham Joyce, Paul Laity, Daniel Tatarsky, David Goldie, Jeremy Gavron, Saul Frampton, Marcus du Sautoy, Patrick Neate, Simon Kuper, Craig Taylor, Jakob von Baeyer, Matthew Hollis, Joe Dunthorne, Philip Oltermann

Israel: Dovi Keich, Mordi Alon, Eli Eliyahu, Avi Shion, Uri Sheradsky, Guy Lichenstien, Roi Shani, Noam Slonim, Ori Kerman, Tomer Kerman, Udi Sharabani, Assaf Gavron

Assaf Gavron

Assaf Gavron is an award-winning Israeli novelist, translator and musician, currently teaching at the University of Nebraska. He has written five novels, a collection of short stories and recently co-edited the anthology Tel Aviv Noir.

Jeremy Gavron


Jeremy Gavron is the author of two non-fiction books and three novels, including The Book of Israel, winner of the Encore Award, and An Acre of Barren Ground. A former foreign correspondent in Africa and India, he now lives in London and teaches at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

Jerrold Kessel

Simon Kuper


Simon Kuper is the co-author of bestselling Soccernomics. His first book, Football Against the Enemy, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and is acknowledged as one of football’s seminal books. Simon writes a weekly sports column in the FT and has previously written football columns for The Times and The Observer. @kupersimon Image cr. Leila Kuper

Uri Sheradsky

Jim Cockin