Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid

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Random House UK Limited, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 434 pages
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*** Nominated for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2013 *** It's Messi vs Ronaldo, it's Catalonia vs Castilla. 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 more than a game. It's a war. It's Barcelona vs Real Madrid....Only, it's not that simple. From the wounds left by the civil war to the teams' recent global domination, historian and expert on Spanish football, Sid Lowe lifts the lid on sport's greatest rivalry. Lowe has spoken to the biggest names and the forgotten heroes who defined their clubs. Men like Alfredo Di Stéfano and Johan Cruyff as well as the only survivor of the most politically charged game in history, the Barcelona striker who knocked Madrid out of the European Cup for the first time ever, and the president who celebrated his club's defining moment by taking a midnight dip in the Thames.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 human story behind this explosive rivalry.

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User Review  - kidzdoc - LibraryThing

Dear sports fans: what are the most intense rivalries you can think of? Those in the US would list the Yankees versus the Red Sox or the Giants versus the Dodgers in baseball, Ohio State versus ... Read full review

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User Review  - Siddharth - Goodreads

Fantastic read! Starts off a bit slow chronicling the history of how both clubs came into existence but picks up pace after the first couple of chapters. Provides insight into the controversial ... 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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