Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk



Read Review
<back to archive

BARCA: A people’s Passion by Jimmy Burns

Release date: 02nd March, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury

List Price: £9.99
Our Price: £9.99
You Save: £0 (0%)
Buy Now

Barcelona’s mesmerising Champions League victory over Arsenal last week just added more sex-appeal to the world’s biggest club which employs the world’s most talented player in Lionel Messi.
If you love watching Barca’s beautiful passing game you will, no doubt, love reading about the passion, politics and national pride associated with the Catalan club which was formed by eleven amateur footballers, including three Englishmen, on Christmas Eve in 1899.
The new and updated edition of BARCA: A People’s Passion, written by the much acclaimed Financial Times journalist Jimmy Burns, features the turbulent times following the departure of coach Pep Guardiola, who is about to take-up residency at Manchester City.
He also covers the immediate success of Luis Enrique, who last season led the team to European glory for a fifth time in the club’s history.
Burns travelled with supporters intimately linked to the club, unearthed police files and long-forgotten newspaper reports, in his quest to discover how the team was formed; survived the hardship of the Spanish Civil War years and endured the reign of former club presidents who ended up in jail.
Managing Barcelona is not for the faint-hearted as the late Sir Bobby Robson discovered when he replaced Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. The former England coach once confided in Burns during his uncomfortable relationship with the club and media: “I didn’t come here for this political battle; I came here to try and win football games.”
These days we marvel at Messi’s wonderfully crafted goals and the intricate pass-and-move skills long associated with the team but it is Barca’s rich and intriguing history, wrapped in political intrigue going back over 100 years, which will entertain readers of this well documented book.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Unstoppable: My Life So Far By Maria Sharapova
Particular Books
Read Review Buy Now
Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special By Henry Blofeld
Hodder & Staughton
Read Review Buy Now
Football: My Life, My Passion By Graeme Souness
Headline
Read Review Buy Now
Rugby, The Game Of My Life: Battling For England in the Professional Era By Rob Andrew
Hodder & Staughton
Read Review Buy Now
Ali: A Life By Jonathan Eig
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton
Harper Collins
Read Review Buy Now
From Orient to the Emirates The Plucky Rise of Burnley FC By Tim Quelch
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Ascent By Sir Chris Bonnington
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
Glove Story By Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond & Gary Silke
Conker Editions
Read Review Buy Now
The Way of the Runner A Journey Into the Fabled World of Japanese Running By Adharanand Finn
WW Norton
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.