Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 19, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 260 pages
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The Netherlands has been one of the world's most distinctive and sophisticated football cultures. From the birth of Total Football in the sixties, through two decades of World Cup near misses to the exiles who remade clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in their own image, the Dutch have often been dazzlingly original and influential. The elements of their style (exquisite skills, adventurous attacking tactics, a unique blend of individual creativity and teamwork, weird patterns of self-destruction) reflect and embody the country's culture and history. This book lays bare the elegant, fractured soul of the Dutch Masters and the culture that spawned them by exploring and analysing its key ideas, institutions, personalities and history in the context of wider Dutch society.

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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

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About the author (2001)

David Winner is a freelance journalist and has written two previous books, Those Feet and Brilliant Orange. He lives in Rome.

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