Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

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By (author) David Winner

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 19 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747553106
  • ISBN 13: 9780747553106
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, facsimiles, , portraits
  • Sales rank: 18,836

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

Review quote

'Original and conventional ... Fascinating and individualistic, Brilliant Orange beguiles you like a Cruyff turn' The Times