by Simon Kuper
'This is a masterfully written history of the world's greatest football club. Mes que un book!' - GARY LINEKER From the author of bestselling Soccernomics comes a book that will reshape our understanding of football and the world's most talked-about club: FC Barcelona. After 30 years of unprecedented access, this book takes the reader behind closed doors into the changing room, the training ground and the boardroom to reveal the real stories behind Barca's rise to global sports superpower - and its recent fall from grace. It includes interviews with the towering personalities responsible for transforming Barca including Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola. It details the work of coaches, medics, data analysts and nutritionists, as well as extraordinary players like Lionel Messi, in building not just a club but a football philosophy. It analyses the unique structure of Barca from the Catalan power politics at the top, the cutting-edge sports science hub it has created and its legendary youth academy known as La Masia.
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Date of Publication: 06/08/2021