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5.0 out of 5 stars Went down a storm
A book written by a self confessed fan but he attempts to write it from a neutral perspective. Phil Ball not only charts the history of this mighty club but also the history of 20th century Spain and the club's position within society. Ball also gives a lot of space to other clubs in the history of Spanish football as a comparison to why Real Madrid are considered the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars White Storm
I feel personally that the text could and should have been split/cut with sections of interesting facts, stats and records
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Went down a storm, 17 Mar 2003
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A book written by a self confessed fan but he attempts to write it from a neutral perspective. Phil Ball not only charts the history of this mighty club but also the history of 20th century Spain and the club's position within society. Ball also gives a lot of space to other clubs in the history of Spanish football as a comparison to why Real Madrid are considered the best club. A fantastic book for football fans with great stories about great games and great players. Also of interest to readers who are not such great lovers of the club or game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC, 7 Jan 2003
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Richard (Sutton, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This is definitely one of the best football books i have read, and there are a few! Ball provides a superb outline of all the cultural, social and political background of Madrid but combines this with wonderful descriptions of famous games (such as the 7-3 European Cup Final win over Frankfurt) and players (most notably Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul.) The balance is perfect and every story leaves you wanting to know even more about the worlds greatest club, love them or hate them, it is a most wonderfull insight into their hundred years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book., 28 Feb 2013
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This was a present for someone visiting Real Madrid, purchased in plenty of time for him to read it before going. A must for football fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rarity, 20 May 2008
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bibliobiblio (Glasgow, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This is a rarity indeed - a good football book. The author explores the founding of the club and takes us through its early unsuccessful years, through its rise to success in Spain then Europe, and ultimately to become the most famous club in the world.

The author addresses the links with Franco, the so-called favouritism shown by referees, and the club's relationship with Barcelona. As expected the pro Franco, dodgy referees, and the goody goody Barcelona image is questioned, and a more balanced opinion results.

As well as the politics surrounding the club the author highlights the various brilliant players who have played for the club including Di Stefano, Puskas, Gento, Kopa, Amancio, Butragueno, Sanchez, Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Figo, Zidane, Laudrup, Beckham and so it goes on and on.

This an excellent book about a fabulous club, and to think that Catalans started it all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars White Storm, 23 Jun 2013
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I feel personally that the text could and should have been split/cut with sections of interesting facts, stats and records
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White power, 28 July 2004
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A fantastic insite into Real Madrid. Having read his book Morbo (The history of spainsh football) I know that the writer knows what he is on about.
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