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Mad for it: From Blackpool to Barcelona: Football’s Greatest Rivalries Hardcover – 4 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (4 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280803
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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‘Football is a little dangerous…it is very popular and all the religions are there. Especially Hezbollah. Football is very important for the Shia.’ Spokesman for the Lebanese FA

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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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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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By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2008
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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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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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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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I bought this as a present - it arrived within five days was brand new and in perfect condition. Excellent
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