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    DescriptionThis is nominated for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2013. It's Messi vs Ronaldo, it's Catalonia vs Castilla. It's the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs Franco's fascists. It's majestic goals and mesmerising skills, red cards and bench brawls. It's the best two teams on the planet going face to face and toe to toe. It's more than a game. It's a war. It's Barcelona vs Real Madrid...Only, it's not that simple. From the wounds left by the civil war to the teams' recent global domination, historian and expert on Spanish football, Sid Lowe lifts the lid on sport's greatest rivalry. Lowe has spoken to the biggest names and the forgotten heroes who defined their clubs. Men like Alfredo Di Stefano and Johan Cruyff as well as the only survivor of the most politically charged game in history, the Barcelona striker who knocked Madrid out of the European Cup for the first time ever, and the president who celebrated his club's defining moment by taking a midnight dip in the Thames. By exploring the history, politics, culture, economics and language, while never forgetting the drama on the pitch, Lowe demonstrates the symbiotic nature of the relationship between these two football giants. In doing so he reveals the human story behind this explosive rivalry.


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    Title
    Fear and Loathing in La Liga
    Subtitle
    Barcelona vs Real Madrid
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sid Lowe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224091787
    ISBN 10: 0224091786
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WSJA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSE
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    BIC subject category V2: WSBT
    BISAC V2.8: SPO040000, SPO015000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DSE
    DC23: 796.3340946
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    YELLOW JERSEY PRESS
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sid Lowe is the Spanish football correspondent for the Guardian and World Soccer. He is a regular contributor to the popular Guardian Football Weekly podcast and writes for FourFourTwo. He works as a commentator and panellist for Spanish, Asian and US television and appears regularly on Spanish radio show Al Primer Toque. His previous book, Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism, is about the causes of the Spanish civil war, the rise of fascism, and the creation of the Franco state. He lives in Spain.
    Review quote
    "One of the year's best football books . an extremely well-informed and usefully myth-busting portrait" Guardian "Fascinating" Sunday Independent "Sports Book of the Year" Sunday Times "Football Books of the Year: Sid Lowe isn't an ordinary football writer and, as a result, this is not an ordinary football book. Lowe paces it all so well ... like an engaging lesson from your favourite teacher" Daily Mirror "A revelation. Anyone interested in Spain's two biggest teams can learn something new from this labour of love ... tackling tricky subjects with skill and weaving them into an engaging story. For that, this book stands out from the rest." talksport.com