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

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


Fear and Loathing in l. a. Liga is the definitive background of the best competition in international game: FC Barcelona vs. genuine Madrid. It’s Messi vs. Ronaldo, Guardiola vs. Mourinho, the state opposed to the nation, freedom combatants vs. Franco’s fascists, plus majestic targets and enthralling talents. It’s the simplest groups on this planet going head-to-head. It’s greater than a video game. It’s a conflict. It’s El Clásico.

Only, it’s no longer fairly that easy. Spanish football professional and historian Sid Lowe covers a hundred years of competition, athletic attractiveness, and excellence. Fear and Loathing in l. a. Liga is a nuanced, revisionist, and brilliantly trained historical past that is going past activity. Lowe weaves jointly this tale of the competition with the background and tradition of Spain, emphasizing that it's “never approximately simply the soccer.” With particular stories and impressive anecdotes, he is taking us within this epic conflict, together with the injuries left through the Civil warfare, Madrid’s golden age within the fifties after 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 in the back of their explosive rivalry.

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