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BARCA: A people’s Passion by Jimmy Burns

Release date: 02nd March, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury

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Barcelona’s mesmerising Champions League victory over Arsenal last week just added more sex-appeal to the world’s biggest club which employs the world’s most talented player in Lionel Messi.
If you love watching Barca’s beautiful passing game you will, no doubt, love reading about the passion, politics and national pride associated with the Catalan club which was formed by eleven amateur footballers, including three Englishmen, on Christmas Eve in 1899.
The new and updated edition of BARCA: A People’s Passion, written by the much acclaimed Financial Times journalist Jimmy Burns, features the turbulent times following the departure of coach Pep Guardiola, who is about to take-up residency at Manchester City.
He also covers the immediate success of Luis Enrique, who last season led the team to European glory for a fifth time in the club’s history.
Burns travelled with supporters intimately linked to the club, unearthed police files and long-forgotten newspaper reports, in his quest to discover how the team was formed; survived the hardship of the Spanish Civil War years and endured the reign of former club presidents who ended up in jail.
Managing Barcelona is not for the faint-hearted as the late Sir Bobby Robson discovered when he replaced Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. The former England coach once confided in Burns during his uncomfortable relationship with the club and media: “I didn’t come here for this political battle; I came here to try and win football games.”
These days we marvel at Messi’s wonderfully crafted goals and the intricate pass-and-move skills long associated with the team but it is Barca’s rich and intriguing history, wrapped in political intrigue going back over 100 years, which will entertain readers of this well documented book.


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