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Barcelona are the most successful football team of the past decade, winning European Cups, League titles and many many plaudits for the style of football they have adopted. This book, Barca - the making of, details everything about the club from board level all the way down to how youth teams are expected to play and behave. Throw in interviews with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique and you really have an outstanding read. The book is written by Graham Hunter, a sports journalist based in Barcelona but originally from Aberdeen in the North of Scotland. Graham is a renowned expert on all things relating to Barcelona FC and is regularly used on SkySports' Spanish football coverage for his in depth knowledge. The book itself is quite large, around 450 pages, but unlike many sports books this is an engaging read. The book reads as a timeline through the ages of Barca, leading up to the champions league final of 2011. This history lesson is interspersed with excerpts from interviews with many leading figures and idols from the game of football and from Barcelona FC themselves. These include club presidents, captains and even parents of the star players. The insight that Graham Hunter has managed to portray is extraordinary and gives every reader a much deeper knowledge of the game of football, not just relating to Barcelona. I would highly recommend this book to any keen coaches of football or even just fans of the game. This review doesn't include much in terms of content, I wouldn't want to spoil that for the readers! Overall a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read. Worth every minute spent on it.
Barca - This book is for an avid football fan, me being not the quickest reader in the world was at first put off by the length of this book but after a friends high recommendation I decided to give it a go and boy did I not regret it, Starting with the Champion League win over Manchester United this book follows the path of Barcelona to that point with chapters designated for icons of the Barcelona team and their origins. This book has interesting behind the scenes information and points of view about how Barcelona has become the team that they are including the view of just how Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer to grace any football pitch. Being a huge fan of football this was an amazing read once i started i literally couldnt put it down as I quickly found out that despite thinking I knew most of what their is to know about the team really I only knew what was on the surface.