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Barca: A People's Passion

Barca is much more than a football club - it is a social and political phenomenon. Founded in 1898, FC Barcelona is today the world's biggest football club. To unravel the background to the Barca phenomenon, Jimmy Burns has travelled with supporters, talked to people intimately linked to the club, unearthed police files and long-forgotten newspaper reports. Barca: A People's Passion is much more than a book about football - it is a story of more than a hundred years of obsessive national pride and has now been brought right up to date to include the team triumph in the 2015 UEFA Champions League.
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The story of FC Barcelona, written by the author of the internationally acclaimed Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona and updated with a new preface

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Jimmy Burns writes for the Financial Times. Among his previous books are The Land That Lost Its Heroes (Somerset Maugham non-fiction prize, 1987), Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona and Barca: A People's Passion.


Burns' examination of the club's fates and fortunes always goes well beyond the game itself ... Burns is a brilliant journalist ... Unmissable * Total Football * Anyone who really wants to know Barcelona should read Burns. A cracker - part sports book, part travelogue * Daily Mirror * Burns' strength lies not just in his compulsive, well-told story of the club's evolution, but his notable grasp of Catalan history ... Examines the political subtext of what goes on within and around the football club itself * Sunday Times * FC Catalonia could scarcely have wished for a more thorough but sympathetic chronicler * Sunday Telegraph *

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