Barca : A People's Passion

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Founded in 1898, FC Barcelona or Barca, is the world's biggest and best-loved football club. Barca has more than 500 local fan clubs spread across the world, while its championship matches attract a global TV audience. Former players include such legendary figures as Kubala, Maradona, Cruyff, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Lineker, and Barca has been managed by greats such as Helenio Herrera, Cesar Menotti and Bobby Robson. The club's honorary members include Pope John Paul II and opera star Jose Carreras. To unravel the background to the Barca phenomenon, Jimmy Burns has unearthed police files and long-forgotten newspaper reports. He has travelled with supporters and has talked to people intimately linked to the club, from managers and players to groundsmen and doctors, whilst also gaining access to those who have conspired to gain political and financial more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 322.06g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • portraits
  • 0747545545
  • 9780747545545
  • 1,773,287

About Jimmy Burns

Jimmy Burns is social affairs and employment correspondent at the FINANCIAL TIMES. His previous books are The Land That Lost Its Heroes, winner of the Somerset Maugham prize for non-fiction; Beyond the Silver River; Spain: A Literary Companion; and the internationally acclaimed Hand of God: The Life of Diego more

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'Excellent...A densely detailed account of the history of F. C. Barcelona ... Coincides with Barcelona's 100th anniversary but it is not in the least pious' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Burns' examination of the club's fates and fortunes always goes well beyond the game itself...Burns is a brilliant journalist...Unmissable' TOTAL FOOTBALLshow more

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