Brilliant OrangeThe Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer

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Brilliant range is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really about Dutch socer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly below sea level, ad who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a fractured dike with his little inger. If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to ome of the most enduring art, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely crebral form of soccer--Total ...
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Overview


Brilliant range is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really about Dutch socer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly below sea level, ad who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a fractured dike with his little inger. If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to ome of the most enduring art, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely crebral form of soccer--Total Football--that led in 1974 to a World Cup finalsmatch with arch-rival Germany and more recently to a devastating loss againstSpain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delght observers around the world. As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shaed ancestry with the Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Rembrandt's Th Night Watch, maybe even with Gouda cheese.

Finally here in paperbck, Brilliant Orange reaches out to the reader from an unexpected place andnever lets go.

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Editorial Reviews

The Economist
Occasionally a book comes along that you fall in or out of love with on the basis of nothing more than the contents page. Brilliant Orange is one of those strangely informative books that will even entertain those who have little interest in either soccer or the Netherlands.
The Independent
A kaleidoscopic examination of the 'idea of Dutch football' and the beliefs associated with it there is something of the mercurial brio of Dutch football in Brilliant Orange.
The Guardian
Wry, obsessional, digressive, deep . This is football as art, metaphor, cultural signifier.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590200551
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 332,340
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

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    A captivating and engaging look at Dutch culture and their football. I would recommend it readily to fans of either (it should be noted that I'm biased as a fan of both). I love it.

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