El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid: Football's Greatest Rivalry

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 2, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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Real Madrid versus Barcelona is regarded by many as the most captivating fixture in world football. But it is not only the on-pitch battles that have forged their rivalry. From General Franco and bloody civil war to the Catalan city of Barcelona's lukewarm reaction to Spain's recent World Cup and European Championship triumphs, bitterness is never far from the surface.

In El Clásico, Richard Fitzpatrick charts the key political and historical flashpoints between the two clubs. With exclusive interviews with key figures, including Luís Figo, Hristo Stoichkov, Joan Laporta and Vicente del Bosque, El Clásico is the definitive guide to football's greatest feud.

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Foreword by Guillem Balague Prologue
The Differentiating Fact
He Preferred to Sign Death Sentences
Dreams from My Father
Is That All There
All the Presidents
Another Dimension
Comanche Territory
The Lion and the Dagger
Im with Mourinho a Muerte
Mr Mo Mentum
Why Do Barcelona Always Win?

Change Is Always Good If Its for the Better
Football Is Politics
Cantera versus Cartera
Bring Me the Head of Garcia Cortés
Headtohead Statistics A Note on the Author

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Richard Fitzpatrick was born in Ireland. He has worked as a journalist in Dublin, San Francisco and Toronto. He currently lives in Barcelona, where he covers football for the Irish Times, New York Times and El País among others.

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