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

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Nation Books, May 29, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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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 world’s champion.
 

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Contents

La Furia
1
British Roots
7
Spanish Roots
17
Basques
27
Catalans
37
Madridistas
43
Growing Pains
49
Soccer with Cojones
55
Rivals
193
The Death of Franco
209
The Vulture Squad and Raúl
229
Of God Mammon and Philosophy
241
The Cruyff Factor and Venables
257
The Bruiser from Barakaldo
269
The Wise Man from Hortaleza
279
From Beckham to Guardiola
293

The Magic of Mr Pentland
69
The South American Connection
79
Gathering Storms
85
Part 1
95
Part 2
105
Franco Rules
119
Herrera the Magician
171
An Officer in Charge
183
Champions of the World
313
Epilogue
331
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
339
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
341
INDEX
343
vii
345
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
363
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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 PeopleÕs Passion (Bloomsbury), Spain: A Literary Companion (John Murray) and Papa Spy (Quercus). He lives in Spain and London.

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