In interview and analysis, Jimmy Burns uses the experiences of these outsiders as his own passport to the heart of the Camp Nou, returning with a hugely enjoyable history of the team and it's fanatically nationalistic support.
Unique among the world's biggest clubs, Barcelona has stayed true to its origins as a quasi-democratic institution. It is effectively a private members club, made up of the 120,000 supporters whose subscriptions bankroll the team, but a sense of ownership extends across Catalonia itself.
At the heart of the book is the struggle for this unique identity to survive the commercial colonisation of the sport.
Burns is a sensitive and intelligent interpreter of what is becoming, for better and worse, a forgotten language of regional tribalism in football. It may not be many years before his study of this enigmatic club is regarded as a definitive memorial to the last great love affair of what was once a people's passion. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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... Read morePublished 9 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
This is an excellent account of the history of one of world football's most famous clubs, FC Barcelona. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. V. Clarke
On a visit to the nou Camp i was disappointed not to able to purcgase abook on the history of Barceleona , this book meets that wishPublished on 19 April 2013 by A Wills
It is a good book if you like Barcelona and you like to now about the history of Barcelona a good book to readPublished on 15 April 2013 by martin
I am about to visit the Camp Nou for the first time and wanted to read up on the background to what is obviously a very rich history. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2012 by Top Reader
Not a lot to add, just to echo that this is as much a history of 20th century Spain as one of Barca, especially with reference to the civil war and its aftermath, and the political... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2011 by Mr. Neil Horner
This was a well written and easy to read account of all I ever wanted to know about Barcelona Football Club. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2010 by M. Stewart
Lame and biassed, and I'm a Barcelona fan. The only interesting part was regarding how poor Terry Venables' signings were.Published on 17 Jan. 2010 by Dublin 4
This is a great read.I visited the stadium nearly 8 years ago.I read this book nearly 4 years ago.It explains it historic importance and its commercial success without a club... Read morePublished on 9 July 2009 by Patrick Burke