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La Roja: How Soccer Conquered Spain and How Spanish Soccer Conquered the World

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La Roja is bestselling author Jimmy Burns tremendous opus on Spanish soccer. From its early beginnings when the first soccer 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, Burns show how the engagement of foreigners with home-grown Spanish talent overcame political adversity and produced football of sublime skill and passion that intoxicates fans around the world.

The book takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, classic matches, and brutal controversies that have defined Spanish football from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent kicking a ball on a piece of industrial waste ground, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid- the most powerful and successful football clubs in the world- to the Franco regime (that propped up the Madrid team) and democracy (where Barca has ruled), to and a national team that, encompassing all, became the worlds champion.

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La Roja takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and other activities that have defined Spanish soccer, from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the worlds champion.

About the Author

Jimmy Burns was born in Madrid in 1953 of Anglo-Spanish parentage. His mother Mabel is the daughter of the doctor and writer Gregorio Maranon and his father Tom Burns, who died in 1994, was a publisher, journalist and diplomat. A senior writer for The Financial Times, he has also contributed to many other media organizations around the world over the years including the BBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and Fox News. Winner of newspaper awards as an investigative reporter, he has also won the prestigious Somerset Maughan prize for non-fiction with his first book. His previous books are When Beckham Went to Spain: Power, Stardom and Real Madrid (Penguin), The Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona (Bloomsbury), Barca: A Peoples Passion (Bloomsbury), Spain: A Literary Companion (John Murray) and Papa Spy (Quercus). He lives in Spain and London.

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joelp1484, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by joelp1484)
A fascinating read on the history of Spanish soccer. Not only do you learn about soccer itself, it takes you through the modern history of Spain. Anyone with even a small interest in "The Beautiful Game" will find reading this to be time well spent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781568587172
Author:
Burns, Jimmy
Publisher:
Nation Books
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

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La Roja takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and other activities that have defined Spanish soccer, from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the worlds champion.
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