Angels with Dirty Faces: How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

Angels with Dirty Faces: How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

by Jonathan Wilson

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The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer

Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stéfano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina's rich, volatile history—by turns sublime and ruthlessly pragmatic—is mirrored in the style and swagger of its national and club sides. In Angels with Dirty Faces, Jonathan Wilson chronicles the operatic drama of Argentinian soccer: the appropriation of the British game, the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan Perón led the country, a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fútbol, the fusion of beauty and efficacy under César Luis Menotti, and the emergence of all-time greats.

Praise for Inverting the Pyramid

“Here, for the first time in decades, is a top-notch soccer book on how soccer is actually played on the field.” —Simon Kuper

“An outstanding work. . . . The soccer book of the decade.” —Sunday Business Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568585512
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Edition description: Trade Paper Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 314,006
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Wilson's INVERTING THE PYRAMID won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. His other books include BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Travels in Eastern European Football; SUNDERLAND: A Club Transformed; THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND: A History in Ten Matches; NOBODY EVER SAYS THANK YOU, a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough; THE OUTSIDER: A History of the Goalkeeper; and THE ANATOMY OF LIVERPOOL. He also writes for The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, and World Soccer, and he is the editor of The Blizzard.

Follow him on Twitter at: @jonawils


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

February 26, 1950

Place of Birth:

London, England


B.A., First Class, University of Essex 1973; Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1980

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