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La Roja: A Journey Through Spanish Football [Anglais] [Broché]

Jimmy Burns
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27 septembre 2012
The author of a best-selling biography of Diego Maradona, and similarly widely acclaimed books on FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, digs deep into the roots of the most popular sport, to look at how football played in Spain became the most admired in the world.
From its early beginnings when the first football on the shores of Bilbao and Buenos Aires was played by British sailors and engineers, through to the influx of South American stars, and similarly inspirational Italians, Dutchman and Scandinavians, the author shows how the engagement of foreigners with home-grown Spanish talent overcame political adversity and produced football of sublime skill, passion, and unparalleled entertainment value.
The book takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games, and moments that have defined Spanish football from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent kicking a ball around on a piece of industrial waste-ground or beach, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid - the most powerful and successful football clubs in the world - and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the World Champions.

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'And so the final of Europe's biggest club competition will proceed without Europe's two best teams, or a new eruption of the bitter rivalry carefully chronicled by Jimmy Burns in his vivid survey of Spanish football, La Roja'
Lead review by Mark Damazer, Financial Times
'A splendid book' James Lawton, Independent
"A brilliant and comprehensive study" - Richard Wilson 06/11

Quatrième de couverture

'Richly textured…Burns has written a book worthy of La Roja.' Simon Kuper, The Tablet
From the first football played by the British on the shores of Bilbao, through to the influx of foreign stars and their engagement with home-grown talent; Spain's football history vividly reflects how the loyalties and traditions of a country came to produce the finest clubs, football of sublime skill and passion, and a national team that would become World Champions.
La Roja is a story of pain, rivalry and talent, told through lively anecdote and thoughtful observation which takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and moments that have defined Spanish football. Best-selling author and internationally renowned master of the genre, Jimmy Burns, digs deep into the roots of the most popular sport to look at how football played in Spain became the most admired in the world.
'Burns, who has reported on the land of his birth for many years … shows that there is far more to tell about Spanish football than today's success on the field' Economist

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  • Broché: 432 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster (27 septembre 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0857206540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857206541
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,4 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 QUELLE VERTU 1 juillet 2012
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imbibe cette equipe....Je ne sais...mais je sais ce qu'elle n'est pas....Elle n'est pas ARROGANTE...ce que sont les traine-patins caïds de basse-cour fleurant la poule de luxe de cette association d'egos de droîdes débulbés...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A highwayscribery Book Report 12 juillet 2012
Par Stephen Siciliano - Publié sur
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Delving, as it does, into Spain, "La Roja," has as much to do with politics as with that country's world champion national soccer team.

Jimmy Burns has written an amenable yet substantive story about how Spain went from a bullfighting nation to kings of international football.

He goes way back to the 1880s and an English-owned mine in Huelva where the first games of football were played exclusively by Brits. The journalistic knitting continues as Basque teams assert primacy and then Argentines come to enliven the game with a quick passing style.

"La Roja" is about the places where such trends were born and the people who sowed them on Spanish soil.

Burns's chronicling of Barcelona F.C's role as an expression of Catalan culture and its rivalry with Real Madrid is deftly woven into discussion of the defeated Republic, the Monarchy, the Falange and, poignantly, the names of soccer players killed during the Spanish Civil War.

Noteworthy, too, is Burns's analysis of the Franco dictatorship's aggressive engagement with football as a tool to soothe tensions on the Iberian peninsula, as a propaganda weapon, and as diplomatic entry to worlds otherwise closed to the regime.

Burns suggests Franco made the Spanish national team a projection of homegrown fascism. A group possessing the "racial" qualities of true and pure Spaniards, and which brought to the playing field a particular "Spanish Fury." A sobriquet that stuck.

Like many people in Spain who had little time for the national selection over the years, Burns believes that the "The Spanish Fury" amounted to a whole lot of nothing, and that success in world-class tournaments would be elusive until a more modern and technical conception of Spanish soccer could be born.

Of course it happened. "La Roja" was released on the occasion of a repeat European Cup championship for the team of the same nickname. An unprecedented kind of success for such a national outfit.

Although his lead-up to the latest and most glorious chapter in Spanish soccer is first-rate, this reviewer did not find Burns very clear on why the ultimate transformation occurred.

Was it a special generation of players who learned how to transcend the rivalries carried over from the club level? Ditching Raul? Was it David Beckham's impact as a media and celebrity item on future Spanish stars? The Argentines?

Maybe it's in there, but in any case, "La Roja" remains an always engaging look at a sudden dynasty. Its author understands soccer as culture and an expression of collective identities without forgetting that it is still sport.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Timely and informative for any soccer addict 15 juin 2012
Par John E. Drury - Publié sur
This book is a fitting backdrop to the Euro 2012 and the exciting European soccer being played. Whether it is Fernando Torres breaking out of his drought or the multi ethnic composition of the Spanish team, the knowledgeable Jimmy Burns provides an entertaining balance to "La Furia" of Spain's legendary soccer history. He is even-handed in his descriptions of the often insurmountable social and political forces at work in the country and its effect on its soccer successes and failures. His British Castilian dual lineage coupled with an agile pen gives the reader entertaining and in depth portraits of the royalty of Spanish soccer; Di Stefano, Clemente, Aragones, del Bosque and others. His concluding chapters on the present state of Real Madrid and Barcelona are informative especially his cameo of the admirable Pep Guardiola as "an almost mystical figure - a perfect model for one of El Greco's religious paintings." The one of a kind Spanish 2010 World Cup winner's commanding performance is "an intricate choreography rather than a north-to-south battlefield." I particularly enjoyed his description of La Masia, Barcelona's soccer school. Copyrighted in 2012, the book is current and contains significant material on the present competition in La Liga and the Spanish national team.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 La Roja = Great 10 mai 2013
Par AlwaysAnonymous - Publié sur
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The book itself is amazing and interesting. Great for Spanish futbol enthusiasts, or even Spanish history buffs. The book was shipped quickly and even though the price was suspiciously lower than most of the other booksellers' prices, nothing was wrong with it. Paper is done and I no longer need the book, but, I will keep it and reread it. Great buy!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Quick Read 22 décembre 2012
Par Joseph Theobold - Publié sur
A simple, straight forward history of Spanish Football. More of a page turner than Morbo, but not as deeply researched. A nice choice for one wanting the story. I have both and am glad I do.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All you'll ever need to know about Spanish soccer 15 novembre 2012
Par KadiyaRp - Publié sur
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According to this book, God made Athletic Bilbao on the 8th day, and Franco was an idiot lunatic. I hear from a Spaniard that both are correct.
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