Lioness - My Journey to Glory: Winner of the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year

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Lioness - My Journey to Glory: Winner of the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year

Lioness - My Journey to Glory: Winner of the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year

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I got through the book quite quickly, and felt myself reliving the Euros and the emotions I felt watching the games. i started reading this book with the view of “oh i like beth mead, let’s read this” but as i got further into the book, i realised just how much i related to beth, from her mental journey, to the locations (eg southampton, whitby, and st albans). I played football (soccer) as a teenage girl but in the USA, so I do come from a background similar but I Hr UK youth network is quite different and I appreciated seeing that difference. Her talent was quickly identified and she eventually signed for WSL side Sunderland before joining Arsenal.

I’m just starting on my football journey myself (a bit late but it’s okay) and it was so interesting to read about how football players train and work and how much they sacrifice to reach the levels that they are at. Beth takes a dive into her own personal life and what has happened over her career which helps her strive to be the best player, she takes difficult events in her life and uses them to power her mentality for the game. Being able to read the player’s perspective of one the biggest turning points of my life just made me love everything that happened this summer more. I love how she didn’t just talk about football, but also about anything else that has affected her life, like sexuality, illness, depression, and family.Now, Beth shares the challenges that shaped her, what she faced on the journey to the top, and the life events that made her stronger – from being dropped from the England squad and receiving devastating family news, to finding her best form under the guidance of Jonas Eidevall and Sarina Wiegman. Unlike some memoirs, at no point did I feel like I was waiting to get to a more interesting bit, not one part felt drawn out. One thing that really strikes me and is very evident is the pay and resource difference between the male and female players.

In seeing how fragile life truly was, I found a new motivation to enjoy every aspect of life, and live every moment.Beth Mead and Leah Williamson captured my attention in that final, because a) they are world-class footballers and b) I knew they played for Arsenal.

Since the publication of this book June Mead has sadly passed away ( “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Beth Mead is one of the world's most talented footballers - Golden Boot winner and Player of the Tournament at the UEFA Euro 2022, England Player of the Year 2021-22, Arsenal Player of the Season 2021-22, and nominee for the 2022 Ballon d'Or. I also loved Beth’s reflections on different managers she’s worked with and how they differed and the stories of her fellow England and Arsenal legends. But long before this, Beth was just an ordinary kid from Hinderwell, North Yorkshire who wanted to play football.It opens with a prologue detailing the disappointment of not making it to the 2020 Olympics, and then moves on to tell us her whole football journey from childhood to the 2022 Euros. Football is a team game, and through Beth is a standout player she gives full praise to her fellow teammates, coaches, managers, friends, and family. I’m a huge Gooner (unofficially crowned as the biggest Gooner at Northville High School) but I’ve really only paid attention to the men’s game. A very inspiring story that journals Beth Mead's football career from the start all the way up until the infamous Euros win.

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