Brilliant OrangeThe Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer

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Overlook, Jul 29, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Brilliant range is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really about Dutch socer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly below sea level, ad who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a fractured dike with his little inger. If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to ome of the most enduring art, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely crebral form of soccer--Total Football--that led in 1974 to a World Cup finalsmatch with arch-rival Germany and more recently to a devastating loss againstSpain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delght observers around the world. As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shaed ancestry with the Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Rembrandt's Th Night Watch, maybe even with Gouda cheese.

Finally here in paperbck, Brilliant Orange reaches out to the reader from an unexpected place andnever lets go.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

ESPN had it right when they said on the back cover of Brilliant Orange, "you like soccer, you don't like soccer, it doesn't matter." It's true. Hate, indifference, like or love. No matter which way ... Read full review

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User Review  - AaronMaples - LibraryThing

A great piece on how Dutch football directly relates to Dutch culture. Tells the story of Dutch football through the good and bad times and reveals how a number of 'Orange' players have influenced ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

David Winner is the author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer.

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