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"From detailing the out of control influence of Ronaldinho and Deco to confirming Guardiola's genius, it's written with stacks of insight. *****" —Four Four Two
"Full of behind-the-scenes insight into the individuals and the ethos behind Barca s rise to dominance. Utterly astounding." —John Greechan, the Scottish Daily Mail
"Fittingly, the making of the greatest team in the world is a subject from which has emerged one of the finest books written on football." —Alan Pattullo, the Scotsman





 


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


"Graham Hunter's book reminds us all just how beautiful the beautiful game can be. His admiration for Barca is genuine, his knowledge is vast, and he is an expert at bringing readers close into the story, making us cheer for not only Pep and Messi, but for every player who has turned out for the greatest team in the world." —Rodge Glass, author, Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs


"An enjoyable, flowing read that succeeds in providing great detail and insight . . . Hunter impresses a supreme command of the inner workings of the FC Barcelona machine." —Total Football Magazine


"Hunter examines Barca's rise from every angle and manages, ultimately, to strike a delicate balance between wise football writing and perceptive portraiture that makes for a compelling read." —ESPN


"Graham Hunter takes you on an unforgettable journey . . . into the famous footbaling cathedral of Camp Nou and into the Catalan club's boardroom. He delves deeper than any journalist has ever managed into every nook and cranny of the much-vaunted youth system. You will love it. Hunter's gargantuan effort is quite possibly the best book ever written on FC Barcelona and quite comfortably slots into the top 10 of my all-time sports books." —Brendan Crossan, the Irish News 


'We'll be talking about this Barcelona team decades from now, and thankfully we'll still have Graham Hunter's magisterial book explaining how it came about. Just as Barca didn't happen by accident, neither does Hunter's acutely observed account. An instant classic.' —Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated


"No one knows Barcelona like Graham Hunter. This is a penetrating, convincing and fascinating account of the construction of one of the best teams we have seen, full of insight and analysis." —Sid Lowe, Guardian


"I doubt whether there will ever be a more definitive book about the making of the greatest football team our generation. Pep Guardiola once said to his team that Andres Iniesta would retire them all. Graham Hunter has retired all of us who aspire to write about this team." —Rob Draper, Mail on Sunday


"Entertaining, informative and beautifully written, Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, is the next best thing to watching Barcelona play. Years from now, this book will be revered as the definitive biography of the most remarkable era in the history of FC Barcelona." —Ian McGarry, writer and broadcaster
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Backpage Press Limited; First edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956497128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956497123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By One touch on 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 By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2012
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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 By Stephan on February 11, 2012
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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 By EB on July 15, 2013
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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 By Josh Stall on 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 By Chaz on October 18, 2012
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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 By Dion F. Lisle on 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 By Cai Ding on 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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