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Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World | [Graham Hunter]

Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World

Barcelona is the greatest football team in the world, the greatest for a generation, and possibly the greatest of all time. This is the untold inside story of how the best and most loved football team in the world came to redefine how the game is played. We start with the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley, the game that ended the debate about whether Barcelona was the greatest team in the world and began a new one: are they the best ever?
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Barcelona is the greatest football team in the world, the greatest for a generation, and possibly the greatest of all time. This is the untold inside story of how the best and most loved football team in the world came to redefine how the game is played. We start with the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley, the game that ended the debate about whether Barcelona was the greatest team in the world and began a new one: are they the best ever? We are inside the winning dressing room and inside the mind of the team s coach, Pep Guardiola.

From there, the focus is on each of the iconic personalities of this team, telling its story through them, from its genesis in the late 1980s to their coronation in London: Guardiola; his mentor, Johan Cruyff; Xavi; Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, perhaps the greatest footballer of all time.

©2012 Graham Hunter (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Fantastic book. It's can't-put-down good." (Oliver Holt, The Daily Mirror)

"Superbly-written analysis & celebration of Pep, Messi, Xavi etc. Brilliant book." (Henry Winter, The Daily Telegraph)

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    "Must READ for soccer fans, players and coaches"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best soccer books i have read. Beautiful look into the Braca world. Every US youth coach should read this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Barca?

    The author does a amazing job discussing the youth development program.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to this book in just two days.


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    Michael Santa Maria, CA, United States 10-05-12
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    "Worth the read to understand a great team"

    Hunter does well to tell the story about the instrumental players of Barca's golden age. He provides background stories for Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Abidal and of course Guardiola. A must read for any football fan.

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    "A Fantastic Insight"

    A fantastic insight into how the greatest team in the world was put together. Full of anecdotes from the people that matter; players, coaches, managers and board members. The author has obviously built up close and trusting relationships with the main protagonists in this book, with tales from the Barca dressing room to the inner sanctums and workings of La Masia. A compelling piece of work for any football fan.

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    "Fascinating Story poorly written and narrated"
    What disappointed you about Barca?

    Chronologically this book is all over the place, jumping from one year or decade to another for no apparent reason. Narration is poor as well. There is no need for dramatic inflection or sly laughs in a story as interesting and dramatic as this.


    What other book might you compare Barca to, and why?

    Sid Lowe's Fear and Loathing in La Liga which is a much better book in every way.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Graham Hunter?

    He could stay as narrator but needs to learn how to narrate correctly.


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