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Mad for it: From Blackpool to Barcelona: Football's Greatest Rivalries [Hardcover]

Andy Mitten
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4 Aug 2008

A celebration of the classic football derby matches. From the Celtic–Rangers rivalry and Tyneside derby to the biggest global clashes from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, journalist Andy Mitten uses the fans' own words and stories to illuminate the conflicts, tensions, histories and culture behind these fascinating games.

From Belfast to Barcelona, Buenos Aires to Bogotá, these are football matches that are far more than a game.

Often a microcosm of life in a city, there are countless rivalries between clubs which are steeped in a historical enmity based on class, religion, politics, envy or philosophy. Some of the games, like Rangers v Celtic, are renowned for their vocal sectarianism, others like Tenerife v Las Palmas for their eclectic fan base, while little or nothing is known about the derbies in Cairo and Calcutta which attracts twice as many fans as any Old Firm clash.

Andy Mitten journeys across the UK and the far-flung regions of planet football, talking to a host of passionate fans – from the vividly ordinary, working-class supporters to the corporate box brigade who think nothing of hopping on a plane for their weekend jaunt to the exotic cities of Madrid, Barcelona or Milan – and gets to share their highs and lows. This in turn provides a fresh and revealing insight into the people who make these matches matter – the fans – using their own words and stories to illuminate the conflicts, tension and histories behind the games. He also interviews players, managers, politicians, local journalists and agents drawing out differing opinions and perspectives on the beautiful game.

Among the highlights:

Celtic v Rangers, Man Utd v Liverpool, Cliftonville v Linfield, Sunderland v Newcastle, Preston v Blackpool, Barcelona v Real Madrid, Roma v Lazio, Boca Juniors v River Plate, Fenerbache v Galatasaray, Ajax v Feyenoord, the Faroe Islands derby, the Calcutta Derby, and the worst derby on the planet, alongside many more.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280803
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Belfast to Barcelona, Blackpool to Buenos Aires, there are football matches that are far more than a game.

Often a microcosm of life in a city, there exist countless rivalries between clubs that are steeped in historical enmity based on class, religion, politics, or philosophy. Some of the games, like Rangers v Celtic, are renowned for their vocal sectarianism, others like Tenerife v Las Palmas for their eclectic fanbase, while little or nothing is known about derbies in Cairo or Calcutta which attract twice as many fans as any Old Firm clash.

Andy Mitten journeys across the UK and the the far-flung regions of planet football, talking to managers, players, backroom staff, local journalists and, crucially, to a host of passionate fans - from the vividly ordinary, working-class supporters to the well-heeled jet-set who find their regular football fix in exotic cities like Madrid, Rome or Milan - and gets to share their highs and lows.

Published in association with FourFourTwo Magazine, Mad For It provides a fresh and revealing insight into the people who makes these matches matter - the fans - using their own words and stories to illuminate the conflicts, tensions, histories and celebrations behind these unforgettable games.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The author? 12 Dec 2008
By Alex
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Quite how Andy Mitten is credited as the author is a bit of a mystery. This book is a collection of articles from 442 Magazine written by some excellent writers - the guy that wrote the Cairo derby piece stands out - yet it is packaged up as Mr Mitten's work. Anyway, it is good in parts, but if you read 442 then you will already have read them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars plenty of derbies... 17 Sep 2008
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The author (along with other contributers) covers derbies from all around the world both big and small. Whilst this is an interesting mix from all continents, each derby is covered by 11-15 pages which is also a weakness. Just as you get reeled in, the chapter is over but is entertaining none the less. The derbies are also viewed from the side the author happens to be with at time of writing thus it may come across as one sided. Some chapters are the work of other writers such as the West Ham/Millwall segment which really should have been removed from the book. I have nothing against either team just the poor lad's mag journalism used in the chapter. No information is given as to why the teams hate one another and all we are given is a scenario of fans sitting in a pub slagging each other in cockney slang.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Football rivalries around the world 13 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
As a football fan I was intrigued to read this book. It looks at football derbies from around the globe. Each chapter is devoted to a football rivalry from one particular city or even country. It looks at the fans ,their views,the history and gives us a glimpse of the cities themselves. It takes us to less obvious places such as Tel Aviv, Torshaven(The Faroe Islands), and Calcutta. Indeed for this reader it was these stories on the"lesser lights of football" that stood out. Most of the chapters are written by different authors and so I felt the quality of work did vary. The chapter on Millwall V West ham was over the top due to the continued use of expletives used to convey this particular footballing rivalry. Also it did seem odd that Andy Mitten who wrote a number of chapters was the only writer credited. Nevertheless this is an highly enjoyable read for all true football fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all for the neutral fan 27 Aug 2013
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
SOme really good chapters, but also some not so good. Andy Mitten is an excellent author so dont be put off with my view. THere are some really strong chapters which compensate for the poorer ones.
Still one for the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad for it 21 April 2009
By Ms AH
Format:Hardcover
I bought this as a present - it arrived within five days was brand new and in perfect condition. Excellent
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