Top critical review
on 8 May 2012
I read this book within weeks of reading Graham Hunter's 'Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World', which was possibly a mistake. I found the Barca book hard to put down, and found this one harder to pick up. I would not normally compare two different authors but with Mr Ball commenting on Jimmy Burns' book, (which I have also read and enjoyed), I feel comfortable in so doing. Like previous reviewers I did find comparisons between teams in the various areas and cities in Spain very interesting. However, as the book was about Spanish football I found it hard to understand why the earlier period was covered in great detail but the wonderful achievements made by the national side in Euro 2010 and World Cup 2012 were covered to a much lesser extent, not even getting a chapter devoted to the two tournaments. The book left me feeling that something had been missed.