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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CHAPTER2British Roots
CHAPTER 4Basques CHAPTER 5 Catalans
CHAPTER7Growing Pains CHAPTER 8 Soccer with Cojones CHAPTER 9The Magic ofMr Pentland
Part 1
CHAPTER14 Franco Rules
CHAPTER15World Cup1950 CHAPTER16The Boys from Almagro CHAPTER 17Di Stéfano CHAPTER 18 Kubala and Other Hungarians
CHAPTER23The Vulture Squad andRaúl CHAPTER24Of God Mammon and Philosophy
CHAPTER 26 The Bruiser from Barakaldo CHAPTER 27The Wise Man from Hortaleza

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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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