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Roja: A Journey Through Spanish Football [Format Kindle]

Jimmy Burns
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Revue de presse

'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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1073 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0857206524
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster UK (10 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006CJO7D4
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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
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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 Jedrury - 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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 falls far short of definitive 20 août 2012
Par Brian Maitland - Publié sur
Based on the title I assumed this would be a look at the current 2008-12 Spain squad and La Liga over that time. It isn't. It's a very simplistic look at the history of Spanish soccer, especially of you've read Morbo by Phil Ball.

This author, Jimmy Burns, wrote one terrific book on the history of Barcelona FC called Barca: A People's Passion. I was expecting the same level of research and writing. It's not there in this one. I just found the whole thing read like a Reader's Digest guide to Spanish soccer with far too much emphasis on any British connection. Look, we get it, the British invented soccer and spread it around the world. What they did in Spain was no more special than in any other nation. Can we just move on and get to what Spanish soccer is all about in this century?

Sorry, but fans of Spanish soccer history go get the Phil Ball book. Fans of recent La Liga history would be better off snagging White Angels by John Carlin on the galacticos era of Real Madrid. As far as Barcelona goes during the Pep Guardiola era, I've yet to read the Graham Hunter book Barca: The Making Of the Greatest Team in the World but Hunter is a terrific writer so I'm sure that's the one to fill in the gaps where Burns missed the boat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful introduction 9 août 2012
Par laroja - Publié sur
I became a La Roja fan after watching the Euro 2008 final (between Germany and Spain). Tiki-Taka, which is the current icon of the Spain national team style is unmatched anywhere on continental europe, if not the rest of the world- it is better than even computer animation or digital games. Previously I had heard of the Spanish civil war (in tiny bits and pieces), but was not aware of the details of its historical and cultural background. This book is a fantastic introduction to the geography, the language, the people and the game of Spain. There are many names, legendary figures, etc., who are set against a background of shifting continental political ideals. It gives me even deeper appreciation of what Spain has accomplished for itself. Thumbs up to La Roja. Thumbs up to the author and his vision for the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The History of a Nation, as well its Football Team. 15 juin 2012
Par Luke S. Hyams - Publié sur
Really enjoyed Jimmy Burns' Barca book so I was keen to read La Roja as well. Similar to Barca the author is deft at knowing when to provide us with his own insights - and knowing when to let the fans, managers and players speak. The Spanish have the English to thank originally for giving them the game, but once embedded in the culture the History of Spanish Football has a story uniquely tied to its own politics and spirit. La Roja is a story involving a civil war and proud and fractious regions (whether it be the Basque Country or Catalonia) - but the ending hints at the harmony that Spain has achieved through no small help from football.
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