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by Jimmy Burns

eBook Barca: A People's Passion download ISBN: 0747545545
Author: Jimmy Burns
Publisher: Bloomsbury; 1st Edition Thus. edition (March 1, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 383
ePub: 1294 kb
Fb2: 1669 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Sports
Subcategory: Soccer

Keep in mind this is more than a book on the Club. Burns adeptly weaves the Club and the sport with Catalan politics and identity.

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Barça: A People’s Passion is much more than a book about football – it is a story of. .

Barça: A People’s Passion is much more than a book about football – it is a story of more than a hundred years of obsessive national pride and has now been brought right up to date to include the team triumph in the 2015 UEFA Champions League that saw Barça become champions of Europe yet again. Among his previous books are The Land That Lost Its Heroes(Somerset Maugham non-fiction prize, 1987), Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona and La Roja: A Journey Through Spanish Football.

Founded in 1898, FC Barcelona or Barça, is the world's biggest and best-loved football club. To unravel the background to the Barça phenomenon, Jimmy Burns has unearthed police files and long-forgotten newspaper reports. Barça has more than 500 local fan clubs spread across the world, while its championship matches attract a global TV audience.

Barca: A People's Passion.

Title : Barca: A People's Passion. Authors : Burns, Jimmy. Product Category : Books. 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 Maradona. Country of Publication.

Founded in 1898, FC Barcelona, also know as Barca, is today the world's biggest football club. Its 120,000-seat stadium, Camp Nuo, is one of the great cathedrals of the game, and its museum is the most visited in Spain. This is the story of FC Barcelona and its evolution as a social and political phenomenon.
Comments: (7)
Gnng
Jimmy Burns writes dispassionately about a football club that evokes the strongest of emotions, including the kind of tribal love that borders on the chauvenistic. Fans of the club interested in modern Spanish history will appreciate the author's intertwining of football and politics. At times, however, this well-researched book feels drained of the game's abundant color and spirit as club presidents receive far more attention than the boot room. Burns presents Barca's story chronologically, offering an absorbing account of the club's creation, but when Franco arrives on the scene, the pages become populated with conniving industrialists. While certainly part of Barca's story, the board room machinations of ambitious suits drown out the passion of the cules.

The last few chapters of this history manage a comeback. Johann Cruyff swoops down on the Catalan capital and with a combination of deft moves and Dutch footballing genius restokes Barca's smoldering fires. Cruyff is the catalyst. The passages describing his obsessiveness and his successors success or failure to embrace the pulsing life of Barcelona are intriguing pictures of the cultural assimilation phenomenon. Dutchmen, who possess a paradoxical nature, both catholic and single-minded, universal and gaulingly self-possessed, obviously feel a kinship with FC Barcelona, with the Catalan spirit. The present manager of the team, Frank Rijkaard, is a perfect example of the Dutchmen that Burns describes as having an essential talismanic role at the club. Forca Barca.
Jugami
A must have for any true Barca supporter!A very detailed history of the club from its inception.I could not stop reading this book once I picked it up,very engaging and fun.
Fecage
Feels like more of a History book than a Soccer book. If you're looking for the X's and O's of Van Gaal's system and an in-depth analysis of past Barca greats, this isn't it. The writer is exceptional at analyzing the sociocultural makeup of the club, however. I found it interesting to an extent, however it wasn't what I was after.
Hellblade
If you are a Barca fan, you must buy it and read it.
I'm a Barca fan since 2007 btw.

(F Real Madrid)
Malhala
Let me first say that I am very bias. I've been an FCB "soci" since 1981, played in their youth system for a couple of years, and by and large am one of the many fans that buys into the whole "Mes que un Club" mantra.

So understanding that, let me just say that Jimmy Burns has done a fantastic job helping the reader understand how history has shaped the meaning of "Mes que un Club". Part history, part sociology, Burns discusses the club's history, both real and invented, that pushed FCB into being the opposition to Real Madrid.

Keep in mind this is more than a book on the Club. Burns adeptly weaves the Club and the sport with Catalan politics and identity. Always balancing the passions of "Cules" with the machination of the member's of the board, one truly gets a sense of the depth of history and passion behind the Club.

The reader learns some of the details behind some of FCB lore, from the Di Stefano controversy, the Kings Cup match against Real Madrid after the Civil War, to the famous field invasion that erupted into a pro-Catalunya demonstration toward the end of the Franco regime. Some of the myths are debunked, but in all, the Clubs history is given a fair shake.

Keep in mind - On the downside, Jimmy Burns does favor the Catalan club, more times than not. He doesn't approach the topic dispassionately.

As a follow up to A Peaople's Passion, another great read on Spanish football can be found in Phil Ball's excellent book, Morbo. It touches upon the unique history of Spanish football from it's roots in the mines of Huelva, through the use of the sport in identity politics, particularly in the Basque Country and Catalunya.
Mustard Forgotten
This reads as a passion. Mr Burns does a good job in exposing the layers of the football club and the glorious range of characters who laced up their boots to turn out for the Barca; the grounding for the fierce rivalry with Real Madrid; and Catalonian politics within and locked out of the club. Not to mention the politics and bravery of the Catalan's following the Spanish Civil War. But like with my team the Toon, it is the fans, the fans, the fans; who follow with a passion which is bigger than football. This Mr Burns has chronicled with love and admiration. Look forward to the updated book on the Messi era.
Roram
This book provides a great overview of the history of the club, its stars, the machinations of its ruling junta, and the passion of the cules, all against the backdrop of Catalonia's political struggle for identity and independence within Spain. Burns provides some nice historical details and great anecdotes, but, as is to be expected considering the hundred year focus of the book and the complexity of 20th century Spain, necessarily deals with some of the political history in a less comprehensive manner.

Although it at times extremely well-written, the book could have done with tighter editing (hence, 4 stars). Burns repeats his descriptions of individuals and events in subsequent pages and at time his prose is florid and unfocused. Pretty minor complaints, however. Although not uncritical, Burns clearly appreciates what Barca have achieved. He also questions how the club will adjust, or might be changed, in the new century. Overall, the book is an excellent read, and continually succeeds in portraying the people involved as just that, people with passions and short-comings. At the end, you understand why the club embodies true football, why it inspires such passion, and why it's such an important part of Catalonia. Forca Barca!