Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Playing the Long Game is an essential read for fans of Canada women's soccer seeking further insights from the perspective of its standard-bearer. It's a look into the past and a peek behind the curtain of a private professional athlete, offering a unique approach to a memoir for someone who never thought she'd write one." The Oregonian
"[A] captivatingly honest read.... This is one of the most unassuming superstars you'll ever come across, and her story of going from a kid from Burnaby, B.C., to one of the greatest to ever do it is special because she has nothing but time for the people who helped and stood alongside her every step of the way." CBC
About the Author
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, two-time Olympic bronze medalist, CONCACAF champion, and 14-time winner of the Canadian Soccer Player of the Year award, and only the second player ever to appear and score in five FIFA Women's World Cups, 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. In 2022, she was the recipient of the inaugural The Best FIFA Special Award for women's football in recognition of her record-breaking goal scoring. Born and raised in Burnaby, BC, she lives in Portland, Oregon.
STEPHEN BRUNT is an award-winning writer and broadcaster with Rogers Sportsnet and the author of many bestselling books including Facing Ali, Searching for Bobby Orr and Gretzky's Tears. Two of his most recent books are Jordin Tootoo's All the Way and the hockey memoir from Brian Burke, Burke's Law, which became a #1 bestseller. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Writers at Woody Point festival, and divides his time between Hamilton, Ontario, where he was born, and Newfoundland.