Again Phil Ball managed to capture our imaginations with his masterly interpretation of the history of Spanish football He covers everything about the game from beginning to present day Spanish football The newer release also entails up to the World Cup winning moment for the Spaniards Personally, I recommend this to all true football fans It s a great source of knowledge as well.
However you measure it, Spanish soccer is at present the best in the world, whether at the level of nation, league, club, or individual player This is not a new condition Real Madrid is the most decorated football team in history Despite this success, relatively little is known about the history of Spanish football, probably due to the fact that soccer in Spain dwells at the intersection of culture politics to a greater degree than in almost any other country Therefore, an outsider seeking to understand Spanish football must immerse himself in Spanish history, the expression of regional culture, and politics This is precisely the treacherous course that the felicitously named Englishman, Phil Ball, adopts in writing Spanish football s classic text A well written and insightful book and an interesting read to anyone interested in football and Spain in general Links between Spanish culture, politics and recent history are described well and everything down the different dialect to disagreements to club formation the correct year get mentioned I ve only read two books by Phil Ball but will look out for anything else he writes as I enjoy the flow of his writing.
WSC books are simply great reads.
✓ Morbo ó Fantastic read.
Wonderful, insightful history of Spanish football Couldn t put it down A must read for all football fans around the world.
Que fantastico Ok, that was cheesy, but what a book Phil Ball is an amazing writer He easily navigates complex socio political subject matter and ties it in magnificently with the sport he loves Throughout, he s simultaneously alluding to semi obscure Shakespeare and dropping 100 words but with the comforting lack of pretension and formality of an old friend The highest compliment I think I can pay it is this If you don t like soccer football, I think you could still like this bookThen there s the subject matter, which is brilliant in its own right Spain is such a beautifully complicated country and this is echoed in how it plays, watches, and obsesses over its favorite sport I m actually interested to read the original version of this book publish This was a great read if you really want to know the history of Spanish soccer The book delves in to the many facets of the Spanish culture that is soccer The key theme is the book s title, Morbo, which means disease in Spanish Ball talks about the autonomous regions of Spain and how their interactions brought about this Morbo feeling in the sport I thoroughly enjoyed all of the book If you are looking for something geared towards Real Madrid and or Barcelona, this isn t for you Ball does well to talk about all clubs.
Less of a chronological historical guide and of a club by club and rivalry guide with history of the important clubs, regions, and the national team.
Tor The Story of German Football Ulrich Hesse Lichtenberger is a better style and history on its respective country than this book, good as it is.