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Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World [Kindle Edition]

Graham Hunter
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BARCELONA are 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 were 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 their 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.


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About the Author

Graham Hunter moved to Barcelona in 2001. He is a journalist of international reputation and covers Spanish football and FC Barcelona for Sky Sports, the BBC and newspapers and magazines across the world.
His access to the team is unrivalled and he is the only Englishspeaking journalist to have interviewed Pep Guardiola during his time as Barcelona coach.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5224 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: BackPage Press (January 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00736W9C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you already know the team January 17, 2013
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If you are into European professional football, there's no way you could be unaware of the miracle that is the Barcelona team for the past 5 years or so. This book is a fascinating glimpse into the people and the system behind that miracle. The best parts are the mini-biographies of the key players and Pep Guardiola. The historical power and money struggles of the team management are less interesting but informative. The book is clearly written for the well-informed Barca follower who already know the team's style of play and its players. The writing is a bit scattered and sometimes repetitive, but at its best it manages to vividly capture the behind-the-scenes feel and humanity of the best team in world football, and leaves you with a much better understanding of why they have been so successful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The book has an excellent compilation of stories and views about / from people who have made Barca the best team in the world. However, the writing style and the content organization was below expectation, and did not do justice to the amount of background work that the author must have done to put this together. There were several typos and editorial mistakes that a book of this nature cannot have. The author and the publisher should seriously think about coming out with a revised version that will take care of these errors, and maybe add something from the 2012 season, just so that it may offer some new content to the readers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest February 11, 2012
By Stephan
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Graham Hunter is a man that knows football and knows about FCBarcelona. This book is a must have for every Barcelona Fan Spanish Football Fan, and for Fans of Football on the whole. Brilliant Stuff plus it contains orginal Art-work just for the book by a talented young man by the name of Dan Leydon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Rijkaards input is demeaned July 15, 2013
By EB
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Well proportioned book with an interesting approach to chapters - where they are built around the outstanding personalities of the team. The development of the team pays too much attention to the Guardiola era which is its zenith but there were definitely foundations laid by Frank Rijkaard, who by bringing in Ludovic Guily, Eto'o and Deco and was prepared to play all of these relatively short guys in the same team. This philosophical strength reinforced the template.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read February 8, 2012
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Graham Hunter is one of my favorite soccer journalists. This book is the culmination of fcb's last few seasons through the lens of Mr.Hunter. He examines all of the aspects that contribute to fcb's greatness...the players, coach, president, and futbol base. What an inspiring book. The best soccer book I have read by far!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of Soccer October 18, 2012
By Chaz
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Superbly constructed journey of the evolution of Barcelona's philosophy of tiki-taka football. The opening chapter gets you invested heavily to follow the most pivotal moments of Pep Guardiola build up to historic defining games against Manchester United and their clashes with Real Madrid. The research is top notch and the reading flows smoothly as you fly through page after page. Recommended not only for fans of football but for fans of sport as this story of creating the dynasty of the current Barcelona team is comparable with other legendary sporting franchises such as the New York Yankees and The Chicago Red Bulls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mes Que Un Libro - More than a book :-) May 21, 2012
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Yes, Barca is about my my favorite team EVER! But like FC Barcelona, this book is so much more. Graham is virtually an insider for La Liga and FCB is no exception for his amazing insights. I can say honestly you don't need to be a big soccer fan or FC Barca fan to love the inner workings of one of the greatest clubs ever. The stories of how Pep G, Messi, Puyol, Iniesta and others created a winning machine are great. Within these football insights rests some life lessons and even business lessons. Honor, integrity and building success from the ground up are lessons anyone can use. I can say I have started to consider these lessons within my own life and business dealings.

The juxtaposition of FCB's darkest days to its' brightest are riveting reading for the casual or even non-fan of the sport or this team. As with most great stories it is about the people involved and these people are fascinating. The times when the club appeared to be hitting on all cylinders,had behind the scenes activities working against the club are fascinating. Sadly the positive to negative shift for a FCB great, Ronaldinho are illuminating as to what really matters.

FC Barcelona's expression of Mes Que Un Club - More than a Club is shown to be more than a marketing slogan. The club didn't do everything right to be certain but even their missteps show valuable lessons in how to stay true to your heart. The ebb and flow of this great team's most recent decade really can show others how to focus on the important matters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Barca book EVER!!! January 2, 2014
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If you are a Barca fan, or you want to know what perfect football is, buy this book.
Graham Hunter specifically detailed every necessary character, every math, every policy the managers made. I have been addicted reading this book and have been unable to get rid of it. I'm a Barca fan since 2007, they are really good.
Just last night, having read three chapters in this book, i intuitively watched the Champions league 2011, in which Barca 3:1 Manchester United, I cant remember how many times I have watch the recording video, but that one was the most impressive one, having what Graham Hunter written in his book, and you watch the game, it's completely different.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO BARCA FANS AND FOOTBALL PROFESSIONALS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the structure of the book and the detailed information.
Published 4 days ago by LIAM TRACEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Més Que Un Club
Extremely enjoyable read, Graham Hunters insight to the world of Barcelona is incredible. I couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Mc
3.0 out of 5 stars It's entertaining for the stories it provides, a result ...
It's entertaining for the stories it provides, a result of the author's access to the team and club. However it is also un-balanced on account of this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kartik Vadlapatla
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Great insight and a good read. Worth every penny. Graham hunter has the best insight in the game and proves it again
Published 9 months ago by Carolyn Gomes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous - A must read for soccer fans.
Great as Barcelona has been in recent years, It certainly must have been something to have seen all the games referred to here when Pep Guardiola played and coached for the team! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hannibal
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for any Barça fan & for the football world at large.
Graham Hunter has put together a great book analysing one of the greatest teams in modern football history & what went into the making of Barça. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sohail_fcb
3.0 out of 5 stars good content simply written
Good, insightful and well researched. Not disappointing and it describes the Barcelona way. It could describe a lot more Guardiola's training methodology.
Published 12 months ago by Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely the best book ive read so far
i carry the book along wherever I go. it kind of gives me strength and it also calms me. thats just how i feel
Published 15 months ago by Alvinder Singh Kangh
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading
Very well researched. Graham must love the team so very much to produce this book. All the players and their histories have been well researched. Read more
Published 20 months ago by chaitali
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Simply the best book I have read about Barcelona FC. Particularly focused on recent years. I heartily recommend this book for anyone looking to learn about one of the greatest... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rich Connolly
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