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more than just a club?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Barca: A People's Passion (Hardcover)
Jimmy Burns' anaylsis of FC Barcelona focuses on the Catalan motto, "more than a club" - and his book does more than just outline the club's history on the field. The dedication of its supporters, the "cules", is painted in the perspective of the history of Catalan nationalism and the club's efforts to survive under the Francoist regime. It's an era which seems to change in 1992 - the year Barcelona finally win the European Cup - because after 1992 the story of the club seems to cast aside some of the ghosts of the past and enter the modern world of big-money, highly successful European teams. Unlike other soccer books which may focus on the romance of supporting some lesser known team, Barcelona fans demand success, and their often frustrating relationship with their team and its stars is another main focus of the book. The legend of Cruyff; the long and controversial reign of chairman Nunez; and the what-might-have-been sagas of Maradona and Ronaldo also feature.
Personally I would love to see some writer further explore the story of Patrick O'Connell, the Limerick man who managed Barca during the Spanish Civil War. Any takers?