Angels With Dirty Faces

Angels With Dirty Faces

How Argentinian Soccer Defined A Nation and Changed the Game Forever

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a definitive history of soccer in Argentina and how it came to be so revered in society, while discussing some of the leagues, teams, and players that have risen to stardom on the international circuit.

Perseus Publishing
The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer

Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stéfano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina's rich, volatile history—by turns sublime and ruthlessly pragmatic—is mirrored in the style and swagger of its national and club sides. In Angels with Dirty Faces, Jonathan Wilson chronicles the operatic drama of Argentinian soccer: the appropriation of the British game, the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan Perón led the country, a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fútbol, the fusion of beauty and efficacy under César Luis Menotti, and the emergence of all-time greats.

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Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2016
ISBN: 9781568585512
Branch Call Number: 796.334 WIL
Characteristics: xviii, 411 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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