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El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid: Footballs Greatest Rivalry

El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid: Footballs Greatest Rivalry

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Real Madrid versus Barcelona is regarded by many as the most captivating fixture in world football. But it is not only the on-pitch battles that have forged their rivalry. From General Franco and bloody civil war to the Catalan city of Barcelonas lukewarm reaction to Spains recent World Cup and European Championship triumphs, bitterness is never far from the

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Real Madrid versus Barcelona is regarded by many as the most captivating fixture in world football. But it is not only the on-pitch battles that have forged their rivalry. From General Franco and bloody civil war to the Catalan city of Barcelonas lukewarm reaction to Spains recent World Cup and European Championship triumphs, bitterness is never far from the surface.

In El Clásico, Richard Fitzpatrick charts the key political and historical flashpoints between the two clubs. With exclusive interviews with key figures, including Luís Figo, Hristo Stoichkov, Joan Laporta and Vicente del Bosque, El Clásico is the definitive guide to footballs greatest feud.

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“Once I picked up El Clásico, I couldn't stop reading. It's unbelievably good. In England, we don't have anything like this rivalry – the two biggest football clubs, star players, the pressure managers like Guardiola and Mourinho are under, the football-addicted press, presidential elections, intrigue in the background. Absolutely fascinating.” —Mark Lawrenson, BBC's Match of the Day

“The greatest story in club football is the El Clasico opera. Richard Fitzpatrick delves deep to enhance our understanding of this intense rivalry. Power, politics and most of all the brilliance of the football are all on show in these pages.” —Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph

“A fascinating and detailed attempt to get to the heart of one of the most complicated and poisonous rivalries in football.” —Jonathan Wilson, Guardian

“For anyone who wants to understand why Barcelona v Real Madrid means so much more than a straightforward match between an unparalleled array of footballing stars, this book should become essential reading.” —Guillem Balague, Sky Sports

“Fitzpatrick's book is invaluable for the context that it gives a match that you might have watched superficially for years.” —Tim Lewis, Observer

“Fitzpatrick is an objective examiner of the complex political and social reasons this rivalry was born and nurtured, unearthing some surprising facts along the way… Engrossing.” —Simon Redfern, Independent

“By taking Barça vs Madrid beyond the boundaries of sport, Fitzpatrick offers an absorbing history of the two cities' political and cultural flashpoints, and how this has matured into one of the most fiery rivalries on earth. Suberbly researched, it's a fascinating read.” —FourFourTwo Magazine

“Fitzpatrick's tales of some the world's best football players will hold you at every page.” —Roddy Brooks, Irish Examiner

“Carefully positioning himself as an outsider … Fitzpatrick gives voice to a huge range of opinions and personal stories from both sides of the fence… [which] makes El Clàsico such a satisfying read.” —Andy Brassell, When Saturday Comes Magazine

“Richard Fitzpatrick's enormously enjoyable take on the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.” —Emmet Malone, Irish Times

“Any fan of the game will start reading for the football, be enticed deeper by the quality of writing and research and enthralled by the depth and scope of El Clásico.” —Iain Wear, The Book Bag

BBC's Match of the Day Mark Lawrenson

Once I picked up El Clásico, I couldn't stop reading. It's unbelievably good. In England, we don't have anything like this rivalry - the two biggest football clubs, star players, the pressure managers like Guardiola and Mourinho are under, the football-addicted press, presidential elections, intrigue in the background. Absolutely fascinating.
Daily Telegraph Paul Hayward

The greatest story in club football is the El Clasico opera. Richard Fitzpatrick delves deep to enhance our understanding of this intense rivalry. Power, politics and most of all the brilliance of the football are all on show in these pages.
Guardian Jonathan Wilson

A fascinating and detailed attempt to get to the heart of one of the most complicated and poisonous rivalries in football.
Sky Sports Guillem Balague

For anyone who wants to understand why Barcelona v Real Madrid means so much more than a straightforward match between an unparalleled array of footballing stars, this book should become essential reading.
Observer Tim Lewis

Fitzpatrick's book is invaluable for the context that it gives a match that you might have watched superficially for years.
Independent Simon Redfern

Fitzpatrick is an objective examiner of the complex political and social reasons this rivalry was born and nurtured, unearthing some surprising facts along the way… Engrossing.
FourFourTwo Magazine

By taking Barça vs Madrid beyond the boundaries of sport, Fitzpatrick offers an absorbing history of the two cities' political and cultural flashpoints, and how this has matured into one of the most fiery rivalries on earth. Suberbly researched, it's a fascinating read.
Irish Examiner Roddy Brooks

Fitzpatrick's tales of some the world's best football players will hold you at every page.
When Saturday Comes Magazine Andy Brassell

Carefully positioning himself as an outsider … Fitzpatrick gives voice to a huge range of opinions and personal stories from both sides of the fence… [which] makes El Clàsico such a satisfying read.
Irish Times Emmet Malone

Richard Fitzpatrick's enormously enjoyable take on the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The Book Bag Iain Wear

Any fan of the game will start reading for the football, be enticed deeper by the quality of writing and research and enthralled by the depth and scope of El Clásico.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408171097
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
916,291
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Richard Fitzpatrick was born in Ireland. He has worked as a journalist in Dublin, San Francisco and Toronto. He currently lives in Barcelona, where he covers football for the Irish Times, New York Times and El País among others.

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