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Playing the Long Game by Christine Sinclair, with Stephen Brunt

A memoir from Canada's biggest soccer star.

A memoir from Canada's biggest soccer star

A female soccer player looks to her right with her back to camera. Her white jersey reads "Sinclair" with the number 12 on it in red text. In the background, out of focus, is a crowd of people wearing red and white seated in a soccer stadium. Above the woman, in the sky, the text of the book cover reads "Playing the Long Game" in black and the authors' names "Christine Sinclair with Stephen Brunt" in red.

For the first time in depth and in public, Olympic soccer gold-medalist Christine Sinclair, the top international goal scorer of all time and one of Canada's greatest athletes, reflects on both her exhilarating successes and her heartbreaking failures. Playing the Long Game is a book of earned wisdom on the value of determination and team spirit, and on leadership that changed the landscape of women's sport.

Christine Sinclair is one of the world's most respected and admired athletes. Not only is she the player who has scored the most goals on the international soccer stage, male or female, but more than two decades into her career, she is the heart of any team she plays on, the captain of both Canada's national team and the top-ranked Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League. 

Working with the brilliant and bestselling sportswriter Stephen Brunt, who has followed her career for decades, the intensely private Sinclair will share her reflections on the significant moments and turning points in her life and career, the big wins and losses survived, not only on the pitch. Her extraordinary journey, combined with her candour, commitment and decency, will inspire and empower her fans and admirers, and girls and women everywhere. (From Random House Canada)

Christine Sinclair is the long-time forward and captain of Canada's national soccer team and the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League. An Olympic gold medalist, Sinclair has scored 190 goals in international competition, more than any other player of any gender in history. Sinclair has also played in more than 310 international games in her professional football career, the most appearances by any active women's player. Born and raised in Burnaby, BC, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

Born in Hamilton, Ont., Stephen Brunt is an award-winning writer and broadcaster with Rogers Sportsnet and the author of multiple bestselling books including Facing AliSearching for Bobby Orr and Gretzky's Tears.

Interviews with Christine Sinclair

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has played in five World Cups, won Olympic gold, and holds the record for the most goals scored in international play. But she doesn't get a cut of her Team Canada jersey sales. And she and her teammates are still fighting for pay equity with their male counterparts. As the men's World Cup kicks off in Doha, Piya Chattopadhyay sits down with the Canadian women's soccer team captain to talk about her long and storied career, and how she – and the country – are evolving when it comes to equality in sports and beyond. While she often shuns the spotlight, Sinclair says she penned her new memoir, Playing the Long Game, to shine a light on women in sport in the hopes of inspiring a new generation.
Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has played in five World Cups, won Olympic gold, and holds the record for the most goals scored in international play. But she doesn't get a cut of her Team Canada jersey sales. And she and her teammates are still fighting for pay equity with their male counterparts. As the men's World Cup kicks off in Doha, Piya Chattopadhyay sits down with the Canadian women's soccer team captain to talk about her long and storied career, and how she – and the country – are evolving when it comes to equality in sports and beyond. While she often shuns the spotlight, Sinclair says she penned her new memoir, Playing the Long Game, to shine a light on women in sport in the hopes of inspiring a new generation.

More about Christine Sinclair 

Canada wins Olympic gold in women’s soccer

1 year ago
Duration 2:32
Canada’s women’s soccer team captured gold in a 3-2 win over Sweden, making it the first time a Canadian women’s team has stood on top of the podium at the Summer Games.
Canada does not have any professional women’s soccer teams, but Team Canada's Christine Sinclair and Stephanie Labbé tell Ian Hanomansing they hope their Olympic gold win can help advance the sport in their home country.

 

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