Barca: The rise and fall of the club that built modern football WINNER OF THE FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022 (Hardback)
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Barca: The rise and fall of the club that built modern football WINNER OF THE FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022 (Hardback)

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Written with Kuper's customary insight and elegance, this meticulously researched history of the inexorable rise of one of the world's greatest sporting brands traces a path from the club's humble origins to its position as global footballing powerhouse via Cruyff, Messi and many more key figures.

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2021

I began my research thinking I was going to be explaining Barca's rise to greatness, and I have, but I've also ended up charting the decline and fall.

From the bestselling co-author of Soccernomics comes the story of how FC Barcelona became the most successful football club in the world - and how that envied position now hangs in the balance.

Barca is not just the world's most popular sports club, it is simply one of the most influential organisations on the planet. With almost 250 million followers on social media and 4 million visitors to its Camp Nou stadium each year, there's little wonder its motto is 'More than a club'. But it was not always so. In the past three decades, Barcelona has transformed from regional team to global powerhouse, becoming a model of sporting excellence and a consistent winner of silverware.

Simon Kuper unravels exactly how these transformations took place. He outlines the organisational structure behind the club's business decisions, and details the work of its coaches, medics, data analysts and nutritionists who have revolutionised the sporting world. And, of course, he studies the towering influence of the club's two greatest legends, Johan Cruyff and Lionel Messi.

Like many leading global businesses, FC Barcelona closely guards its secrets, granting few outsiders a view behind the scenes. But, after decades of writing about the sport and the club, Kuper was given unprecedented access to the inner sanctum and to the people who strive daily to keep Barcelona at the top.

Erudite, personal, and capturing all the latest successes and upheavals, his portrait of this incredible institution goes beyond football to understand Barca as a unique social, cultural, and political phenomenon.

Publisher: Short Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781780724744
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 627 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Ultimately this superb book is about far more than football - it's about Spain, about Catalan culture, about the psychology of management, about developing youngsters, and crucially about the three remarkable men who have shaped the modern game - Cruyff, Messi and Guardiola.' * Daily Mail *
'Thisisamasterfullywrittenhistoryoftheworld'sgreatestfootballclub. Mesqueunbook!' -- GARY LINEKER

'Simon Kuper's Barca has it all: riveting storytelling,superb analysis, non-partisan investigation and,perhaps best of all, it's shot through with Simon'swonderfully
dryhumour.Simplyunmissable.'

-- AMY RAPHAEL

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“A must have for football fans”

Simon Kuper has written what I believe will be a classic in football literature.

Unparalleled access, superb writing and a coherent structure that tells a thousand anecdotes within a central theme of explaining how... More

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“Misleading information on the cover”

This book disappointed me in that it is not a history of the club as stated on the cover but a personal account of the years from Cruyff onwards. In fact, the first 100+ pages, nearly 33% of the book, are more related... More

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