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Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble [Hardcover]

Graham Hunter
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15 Nov 2013
This is the story of the greatest achievement in the history of international football. After decades of failure, Spain won the European Championship in 2008 and then the World Cup in 2010. At Euro 2012 they became the first team to win three consecutive tournament titles. Graham Hunter was inside the dressing room as the players celebrated after the finals of the World Cup and Euro 2012. His access-all-areas pass at all three tournaments has resulted in remarkable eyewitness accounts and new interviews with star players and the men behind the scenes. Across every day of La Roja s treble, the author takes you on to the training ground; on the team bus; into the canteen; inside the hotels and on to the pitch. You ll hear the team talks that inspired Spain to victory plus the inside stories from Fernando Torres, Xavi, Iker Casillas, David Villa, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué and the others behind an unprecedented era.

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: BackPage Press Limited; First edition (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909430102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909430105
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Hunter moved to Barcelona in 2001. He is a journalist of international reputation and covers Spanish football and FC Barcelona for Sky Sports, the BBC and newspapers and magazines across the world.
His access to the team is unrivalled and he is the only Englishspeaking journalist to have interviewed Pep Guardiola during his time as Barcelona coach.

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About the Author

Graham Hunter is a journalist of international reputation and covers Spanish football for Sky Sports, the BBC and newspapers and magazines across the world. He writes and interviews for UEFA.COM and has been a TV producer for FIFA.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tribute to an excellent team! 14 Dec 2013
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The Spanish national men's football team achieved something unique in 2012 when they won the European Championship for a second consecutive time, with winning of the 2010 World Cup coming between these two successes. This book tells the story of how all of this came about.

There could have been a real danger of the book becoming simply match report after match report, but the author uses the personal access that he has had to the team, the technical staff, administrators, etc., to really good effect. Throughout, the words of the people involved complement the on-going history, bringing it to life.

There is much here that those behind the England men's football team could learn from. However, beyond the detail, ultimately this is a fitting tribute to the success of Spain's national team in recent years, a tale well worth telling. The current national men's football team from Spain is sure to be remembered for a long time; already many rank them alongside the likes of Brazil's 1970 team, perhaps the best ever. I recommend that all football fans learn more about this team and the reasons for their success by reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Roja - Spain 12 May 2014
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Excellent in depth insight to the success of what will probably be international footballs greatest team. A must read for any football fan, also recommend 'Barca' also by Graham Hunter, as good or maybe even better!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read with caution 10 Jun 2014
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It might seem a tad churlish to criticise someone for being biased on the subject matter they are writing about, particularly in sport. Obviously a work like this is a labour of love, and you wouldn’t expect someone who didn’t love Spain to write it. But as is the norm for Graham Hunter, the book is mixed with great (and sometimes barely believable) detail (as an aside how anyone can recreate a series of team talks apparently word for word on so many occasions without being there is beyond me) and absolutely ludicrous subtext.

If you’ve read his Barcelona book, then you should know what to expect. Basically, Spain = the best thing in the history of the world. Everyone and everything else = rubbish. A handful of examples:

- Spain vs Portugal WC QF 2010 - Reina is lauded as the greatest display of sportsmanship ever for going over to the opposing goalkeeper and commiserating him on a job well done. Because that doesn’t happen all the time, no Sir.

- Puyol’s header in the Semi Final (WC 2010) against Germany is listed as one of the greatest headers of all time. Yes - OF ALL TIME. It might be one of the most important, but headers like that are scored in the Premiership every single week.

- Casillas’ save against Robben in the WC 2010 final. Again, described as one of the greatest saves OF ALL TIME. Which it might have been if it wasn’t the worst finish in the history of all time by Robben. More total and concrete rubbish from Hunter.

- The penalty shootout against Portugal in Euro 2012. One particular passage is farcical where every penalty save from Casillas is lauded for his background work and analysis, but any save from Patricio is deemed “lucky”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 8 April 2014
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Words cannot describe the pleasure. A must for everybody who loves soccer and even those who don't. Greatly told, both proffessionally and as a story. I would love to have a spanish language version for those like me who understand rhe language, Should be helpful for studying spanish for the advanced learner as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 24 Mar 2014
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Picked this after reading barca, great read. Chapters on arragones were excellent, definitely recommend for any football fan. Looking forward to the next book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5star book for a 5star team 13 Mar 2014
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Brilliant insight in to the recent history of Spanish football, everything you need to know about the national side that made 'history'. Great interviews with players and ex professionals, not just a book about the game on the pitch but just as much as to what went on behind the scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Roja's Historic Title Treble 19 Feb 2014
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An amazing insight into Spain's Golden Generation and how they've achieved their current successes. A must for any footy lover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 😀 2 Feb 2014
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Brilliantly written, a real insight into the mentality and professionalism involved in getting a national team to be world beaters
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this book would be recomended for every spain fan and i never knew that spain had won the euro 2008 and 2012. Read more
Published 2 months ago by harshvir
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to match the on field excellence, hope the author makes it a...
Began reading this the week of Brazil 14 world cup starting and glad I've completed in time for Spain's opening game. It will make it all the more exciting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for lovers of the beautiful game
Once again, Graham delivers a fantastic close look at one of the iconic group of players in recent years. La Roja is a fantastic read for lovers of the beautiful game
Published 3 months ago by Neil Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Like good football, you'll love this
Read his first book about FC Barcelona - The making of the greatest team in the world.
Loved it and so had big expectations for this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Conor McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars La Roja's Historic Treble
Cant comment on this book as it was for my husband but he was very pleased with it.We will wait and see when he has read it but i am sure it will be as he excpected.
Published 4 months ago by ja.worsfold
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, detailed and a damn good read!
Following on from Hunter's Barca, this book covers the processes, staff and players that made history with the Spanish national team in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Foot
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