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The Real Deal: A History of Real Madrid

The Real Deal: A History of Real Madrid [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Burns
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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When David Beckham moved to Real Madrid in 2003 it captured the imagination of the world's sporting public. The world's most glamorous footballer joined forces with the world's most glamorous club.

Spanish football was about to take on the world. After Beckham's arrival it became the most flamboyant, successful league in the world. And Real Madrid, the relentless, rich and ambitious soccer machine in the Spanish capital, was at the heart of its rise to global glory.

From its early modest amateur beginnings near a bullring to its modern era of star signings, the history of Real Madrid, as told by Jimmy Burns, is one of world football's most absorbing and entertaining stories.

Burns's knowledge of Spanish football and its politics, and access to some of the club legends, makes this a must read for followers of La Liga as well those with a more general interest in Spain.

Jimmy Burns is an award winning journalist and author. His books include the internationally acclaimed 'Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona' and 'Barca: A People's Passion'

'The Real Deal' has been brilliantly reviewed.

“There has been a slew of books about Beckham… of which Jimmy Burns’s is the most authoritative.” - Irish Times Weekend Review, October 2004

“Excellent” - Simon Kuper, FT, October 2004

“An absorbing account of Real Madrid’s complex history… well-researched and cleverly written” - World Soccer Magazine, October 2004

“If you thought everything had been said on the subject, think again. Burns, a former Financial Times reporter who was born in Spain, goes far beyond the Beckham phenomenon to look at how Spain became the world’s most exciting football nation, and how its politics, culture and soccer are so intrinsically linked.” - Esquire, October 2004

“An insight into the exciting period when Becks joined Real Madrid in 2003.”
Daily Mirror, 3 September 2004

“A contender for serious football book of the season. This is really a thoughtful and discursive analysis, through football, of modern Spanish society and culture… fascinating and highly likeable.” - Sunday Telegraph, September 2004

“Burns’s obviously superb knowledge of Spanish football, its politics and background make this a must read for all fans of La Liga.” - Sunday Business Post, September 2004

''The Real Deal' was previously published as 'When Beckham Went to Spain in 2004

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KPQFJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madrid fc 20 Sep 2013
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Jimmy burns as always covers his subject well.
A very good read and should be read in a cafe on las rambles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior football book. 8 Oct 2012
The Real Deal gets under the skin of Real Madrid and encompasses politics, history and the key personalities off the pitch as well as on it. The book does not shy away from some inconvenient truths about the Franco era, but so too Burns cannot help but admire the power and beauty of the football played during Madrid's dominance of European football.As with his other books, Barca and La Roja, the author is great at tracking down players and fans and interviewing them (letting them talk, rather than talking at them). As with Barcelona too the history of Real Madrid includes a foreign as well domestic element.
Although slightly updated, one wishes that the book could examine more of what's happened over the past five to ten years.I think that Barca is the better book, as it's written more from the heart, but Burns uses his head with the Real Deal and scores a goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about a great club. 5 Oct 2012
By Nelson
warily bought this book, having seen title of previous edition - When Beckham Went To Spain. Thankfully the book is so much more than that title suggests. Not only does Burns shine a light upon the whole Galactico era, in all its glamour, glory and folly but the author makes you realises how much the club's past outshines its present in terms of drama, good football and controversy. Like Franco, Real Madrid could behave like a monster and bully. But also its players could dictate things on the pitch as much as its patron could dictate things over the country. For many a year they were a splendid, special team.
There are some wonderful player profiles and interviews in book and Burns writes with flair and intelligence.
I would say that this book deserves a wider audience than just Real Madrid fans. It's a book that should interest any serious fan of the game, past and present, as well as interest people who are curious about the history of Spain and its capital.
The author has updated the book a little and I would've liked more comment and interviews in regards to the present and future of the club, but overall this is one of the classiest books on football I've ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version 26 Jun 2013
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Great text, but the kindle version is full of typing errors, makes it harder to read at speed. Still guess the story and facts are the main thing and it helped understand my visit to the Santiago Bernabeu recently.
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