Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

Fear and Loathing in los angeles Liga is the definitive background of the best competition in global recreation: FC Barcelona vs. genuine Madrid. It’s Messi vs. Ronaldo, Guardiola vs. Mourinho, the country opposed to the nation, freedom opponents vs. Franco’s fascists, plus majestic targets and enchanting abilities. It’s the simplest groups on this planet going head-to-head. It’s greater than a video game. It’s a struggle. It’s El Clásico.

Only, it’s now not particularly that straightforward. Spanish football specialist and historian Sid Lowe covers a hundred years of contention, athletic attractiveness, and excellence. Fear and Loathing in los angeles Liga is a nuanced, revisionist, and brilliantly knowledgeable historical past that is going past game. Lowe weaves jointly this tale of the contention with the historical past and tradition of Spain, emphasizing that it really is “never approximately simply the soccer.” With specific tales and remarkable anecdotes, he's taking us inside of this epic conflict, together with the injuries left by way of the Civil conflict, Madrid’s golden age within the fifties once they gained 5 eu cups, Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream workforce, the doomed Galáctico test, and Luís Figo’s “betrayal.”

By exploring the heritage, politics, tradition, economics, and language—while by no means forgetting the drama at the field—Lowe demonstrates the connection among those football giants and divulges the genuine tale at the back of their explosive rivalry.

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Sure, the hot Chamartín may be acknowledged to be the El Escorial of this monarch in a position to bringing the best of goals to fruition. ” That was once released in March 1952. And but while overdue as 1952 it was once no longer Madrid who rather wanted a brand new stadium, such used to be the clamor to determine them play; it was once no longer Madrid who packed grounds because of the country’s most interesting football participant, the 1st genuine celebrity of the post-war period; it was once no longer Madrid who ruled Spanish football; and it used to be now not Madrid who might plausibly lay declare to be the simplest group on this planet. It was once Barcelona. 9781568584508-text. indd ninety four 1/21/14 11:17 AM 7 the home THAT LÁSZLÓ equipped there's nostalgia in Josep Seguer’s phrases, a quiet disappointment. “Barcelona has been my existence, my desire, and my dreams,” he says. “I prefer to watch them on tv. Even now I see them play and that i keep in mind my time. There wasn’t a lot then however the desire, the passion, was once large, the ilusión. It was once every little thing. I went there on the age of seventeen, one of many youngest. Now I’m the main veterano of the veteranos. ” Seguer’s voice is cracking. “Time waits for not anyone, the years take their toll. ” A non permanent silence, an consumption of breath. “I got here at seventeen. How am i able to do it justice? My period . . . we left a mark. ” His voice breaks. He’s crying now. “It was once varied then. I got here at seventeen, and now . . . ” Now Seguer is 90 and he lives in southern Catalonia within the small city of Vandellòs, Tarragona, round 40 kilometers from Parets de Vallès the place he was once born in 1923. José Seguer as he used to be then—the identify Josep, like names all over the place Spain, have been Castilianized—recalls difficult instances, struggle in Europe and disagreement with East and West, stress and suspicion. And but he says these have been strong occasions too, the simplest of them. “How,” he says, “can you ever disregard a crew if you happen to loved twiddling with them lots? ” ninety five 9781568584508-text. indd ninety five 1/21/14 11:17 AM 96 worry AND LOATHING IN los angeles LIGA Seguer used to be twenty while he made it to the 1st workforce, having joined the membership at seventeen, forsaking the barbershop the place he earned fifty centimes in step with shave, to develop into a part of the beginner aspect, successfully Barcelona’s reserves. Promoted and given 8 hundred pesetas a month throughout the season, he joined Barcelona’s first crew squad an identical month because the 11–1—“they obliged them to do anything and it wasn’t very right: it was once political, the fellow who governed was once in Madrid and issues continuously occurred simply because they didn’t very like Catalans. ” He used to be a part of the workforce that performed Madrid at Les Corts within the moment of the Peace video games on Boxing Day 1943. It used to be simply the 11th video game he performed for Barcelona. Madrid’s captain that day used to be Juan Antonio Ipiña. Seguer had accrued cigarette playing cards of him. initially of the next season, 1944–1945, Barcelona’s new trainer used to be Josep Samitier, a guy with cutting edge rules on education, vitamin, even the best way of dressing. He passed out new silk ties to the workforce. Following the fashion of Herbert Chapman at Arsenal within the thirties, he sought after Barcelona to be dynamic, competitive.

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