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  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787290259
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99
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Kaiser

The Greatest Footballer Never To Play Football



There’s only one king in this city and he’s got the mullet, swagger and fake ID to prove it.

1980s Rio de Janeiro.

There’s only one king in this city and he’s got the mullet, swagger and fake ID to prove it.

Introducing Carlos Henrique Raposo, known to all as KAISER.

This guy’s got more front than Copacabana beach. He’s the most loveable of rogues with the most common of dreams: to become a professional footballer. And he isn’t about to let trivial details like talent and achievement stand in his way. . . not when he has so many other ways to get what he wants.

In one of the most remarkable football stories ever told, Kaiser graduates from abandoned slumdog to star striker, dressing-room fixer, superstar party host and inexhaustible lover.

And all without kicking a ball.

He’s not just the king… he’s the Kaiser.

  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787290259
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth has worked on the Guardian sports desk since 2004 and has written or edited ten books, including Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football. He has also worked for Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, ITV, Sports Illustrated and FourFourTwo.

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Praise for Kaiser

Raposo's story is brought to life in Rob Smyth's brilliant Kaiser!…a book that exhibits all the verve and skill that its subject never could

Nooruddean Choudry, Joe.co.uk

[An] almost unbelievable biography

Ben East, Observer

Both hilarious and unbelievable, Kaiser! is a preposterously good football read

FourFourTwo

Smyth does a solid job of showing how Raposo’s unlikely path might have been smoothed by the chaotic nature of Brazillian football at the time…and the vagaries of the pre-social media world

Paul Rees, When Saturday Comes

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