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La Roja : How Soccer Conquered Spain and How Spanish Soccer Conquered the World
La Roja : How Soccer Conquered Spain and How Spanish Soccer Conquered the World
Publisher : Nation Books
Published Date : 2012/05
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781568587172

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Book Description
Source: ENG
Academic Descriptors: A09302045 A15202050
Place of Publication: United States
Subject Development: History
Academic Level: Extracurricular
Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #2
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Table of Contents
Preface                                            ix
Introduction                                       xv
    1 La Furia                                     1  (6)
    2 British Roots                                7  (10)
    3 Spanish Roots                                17 (10)
    4 Basques                                      27 (10)
    5 Catalans                                     37 (6)
    6 Madridistas                                  43 (6)
    7 Growing Pains                                49 (6)
    8 Soccer with Cojones                          55 (14)
    9 The Magic of Mr. Pentland                    69 (10)
    10 The South American Connection               79 (6)
    11 Gathering Storms                            85 (8)
    12 Soccer Against the Enemy: Part 1            93 (10)
    13 Soccer Against the Enemy: Part 2            103(16)
    14 Franco Rules                                119(16)
    15 World Cup, 1950                             135(10)
    16 The Boys from Almagro                       145(8)
    17 Di Stefano                                  153(6)
    18 Kubala and Other Hungarians                 159(12)
    19 Herrera. the Magician                       171(12)
    20 An Officer in Charge                        183(10)
    21 Rivals                                      193(16)
    22 The Death of Franco                         209(20)
    23 The Vulture Squad and Raul                  229(12)
    24 Of God, Mammon, and Philosophy              241(16)
    25 The Cruyff Factor and Venables              257(12)
    26 The Bruiser from Barakaldo                  269(10)
    27 The Wise Man from Hortaleza                 279(14)
    28 From Beckham to Guardiola                   293(20)
    29 Champions of the World                      313(18)
Epilogue                                           331(8)
Acknowledgments                                    339(2)
Selected Bibliography                              341(2)
Index                                              343(20)
About The Author                                   363

La Roja is bestselling author Jimmy Burns tremendous opus on Spanish soccer. From its early beginnings when the first soccer on the shores of Bilbao and Buenos Aires was played by British sailors and engineers, through to the influx of South American stars, and similarly inspirational Italians, Dutchman and Scandinavians, Burns show how the engagement of foreigners with home-grown Spanish talent overcame political adversity and produced football of sublime skill and passion that intoxicates fans around the world. The book takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, classic matches, and brutal controversies that have defined Spanish football from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent kicking a ball on a piece of industrial waste ground, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid- the most powerful and successful football clubs in the world- to the Franco regime (that propped up the Madrid team) and democracy (where Barca has ruled), to and a national team that, encompassing all, became the world's champion.