This book provides a wonderful blend of politics, history and sports journalism. Jimmy Burns weights his material well and has a writing style superior to most other football journalists. La Roja is particularly strong on Real Madrid and Barcelona, which is not to mean that the author ignores other teams. I enjoyed the final third of the book most as Burns gives us a behind the scenes look at how both Barcelona and Spain have triumphed in recent years. One can't help but be touched by Burns' admiration and affection for the likes of Pep Guardiola and Del Bosque.
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