Fear and Loathing in la Liga: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid

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Random House, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 434 pages
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If Barcelona didn't exist, we'd have to invent them' Florentino P rez, Real Madrid President 'Catalonia is a nation and Bar a its army' Bobby Robson, former manager of Barcelona It's Messi vs. Ronaldo, It's Guardiola vs. Mourinho. It's the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs. Franco's fascists. It's majestic goals and mesmerising skills, red cards and bench brawls. It's the best two teams on the planet going face to face and toe to toe. It's the greatest of our time vs. the greatest of all time. It's more than a game. It's a war. It's Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. It's El Cl sico. ...Only, it's not quite that simple. From the wounds left by the Civil War to the teams' current global domination, Spanish football expert and historian Sid Lowe lifts the lid on football's biggest rivalry. With exclusive testimonies and astonishing anecdotes, Lowe invites us to take a closer look at the most important eras of this unique hostility including Madrid's golden age in the fifties where they won five European cups, Johan Cruyff's Barcelona Dream Team, the doomed Galactico experiment and Luis Figo's 'betrayal'. By exploring the history, politics, culture, economics and language, while never forgetting the drama on the pitch, Lowe demonstrates the symbiotic nature of the relationship between these two football giants. In doing so he reveals the truth behind this explosive rivalry.

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Review: Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

User Review  - Gary Soars - Goodreads

I found the early chapters difficult to follow (probably more of a reflection of my intellect rather than the quality of the book) but the later, more modern chapters were the most interesting. The author is clearly very knowledgable with a tremendous insight into Spanish football. Read full review

Review: Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

User Review  - Josh C. - Goodreads

A grind at the start as Lowe works to bust misconceptions about the clubs' Civil War experience, but worth sticking through that to get to the 1950s and forward. Read full review

About the author (2013)

SID LOWE is the Spanish football correspondent for the Guardian and World Soccer. He is a regular contributor to the popular Guardian Football Weekly podcast and writes for FourFourTwo. He works as a commentator and panellist for Spanish, Asian and US television and appears regularly on Spanish radio show Al Primer Toque. His previous book, Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism, is about the causes of the Spanish civil war, the rise of fascism, and the creation of the Franco state. He lives in Spain.

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