Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World
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Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World

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FC Barcelona are the greatest football team in the world, the greatest for a generation and possibly the greatest of all time. This is the inside story of how the team came to redefine how the game is played, told by the journalist closer to it than any other. This edition contains a new epilogue reflecting on the departure of Pep Guardiola and Spain s victory at Euro 2012...more
Published January 2012 by BackPage Press
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Good book featuring much knowledgeable analysis. But Barcelona is not the Greatest Team in the World or the Greatest Team of All Time.

Barcelona has invested everything in one style of play, requiring certain players capable of filling those roles. The aesthetic result is normally astonishingly beautiful and elegant in a way few things are in sports. But when other teams catch up and figure out how to play against you, you must then rely on the players being so damn good that tactical adjustment...more
The first announcement of this book was greeted with much excitement and anticipation by many football fans, irrespective of their football affiliations. Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona had already become stuff of legend even when the book was conceived. The first English language book on the enigmatic squad that gave us breathtaking football, yet not enough was known of it away from the glare of the floodlights. The book had the makings of a great work of sports writing, coming from a man who has...more
There are few books about football which are both interesting and objective. This is not one of them.

Endless. It took me forever to get through the pages and there were times it felt like and endless read, especially at moments I would find annoying. Which was happening most of the time. It was annoying to the point I felt like tearing it apart. Why?

Biased. From the very first page we get to see FC Barcelona through the fan's point of view. Which is okay if you are one of cules. Which is not oka...more
Bhuwan Ghimire
This book is written by a pro barcelona fan- almost a slave in sense. I have followed alomost every single of his espn articles and tweets. and guess what? This book does not contain any single thing about football other than Graham''s usual boast of barcelona like he always does. Nothing new in this book , total waste of money. a team which was just winning titles for 3 years and has already been toppled by madrid. This book only contains the usual view of a barcelona fan not really anything ab...more
Lars K Jensen
En rigtig fin bog om det, der formentlig er det bedste fodboldhold i historien (det er det ikke kun mig, der synes). Bogen er dog ikke en oplagt introduktion til klubben og kulturen omkring den - dertil er den ikke basal nok, så en basal viden omkring klubben (og sporten) er påkrævet.

Derudover fandt jeg for mange faktuelle fejl i bogen - om det skyldes forfatteren eller oversætteren, skal jeg ikke kunne sige. Eksempelvis var det ikke i den kamp, hvor FC Barcelona vandt verdensmesterskabet for kl...more
Total waste of time. Once I saw the name Graham Hunter, i knew what that book would be. Please do read his articles on ESPN, totally and utterly biased journalist he is. The only think in this book is : I lick barcelona from hunters point of his yellow unbrushed teeth view.
Aidan Williams
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Barcelona under Pep Guardiola became a team that enthralled and entertained through a glittering four year period of success that had football purists and hipsters swooning over their interpretation of the beautiful game. The tiki-taka style of quick passing, possession based dominance performed by some of the most elegantly skilled players of the modern era led Barcelona, and indeed the Spanish national team, to their highest heights.

Graham H...more
Dbssurfer Hasper
nothing about football! full of barcelona fan in graham's idiocy and his usualy clownishness like in his articles
Ahmed Chowdhry
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 kn...more
لما اقرأ كتاب كروي احب التمس اسلوب الكاتب فيه وما يكون جامع للمعلومات فقط..لابد وان يضع لمسة شخصية عليه سواء وجهة نظر او انتقاد او رؤية مختلفة..اقرأ لفيليب اوكلير او غولم بالاغ او سيمون كوبر او غابريل ماركوتي وبتلاحظ هذا في عملهم

اسلوب هنتر الكتابي ما اعجبني ولا فيه اي لمسة ابداعية في التأليف..الفصل عن بيب غوارديولا سبق وقرأته بصورة اكثر تفصيل في كتابه الخاص..فصول اللاعبين ماوجدت فيها شيء جديد..افضل فصول الكتاب برأي الي كانت تتكلم عن الإدارة لابورتا الدكتاتور وروسيل سوريانو وبيغرستين والفريق الإد...more
Alexander Bm
Easily digested, yet informative. Lovely insight into Pep Guardiola's legendary Barcelona side. I'd have liked even more chapters about the Barcelona of the past and La Masia but this is a well executed football novel.

The author comes across a tad too biased at times.
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Slightly outdated, given that it was written in the midst of the Pep Guardiola reign, but still a thorough insight into the building of the greatest club side of its generation.

Great profiles of the key figures from Guardiola to Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol and Pique.

Més que un club.
Evolution of Soccer

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 an 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 dyna...more
This is a very interesting insight into what will no doubt be considered one of the most entertaining and successful club teams of all time.

Hunter writes as a fan in a privileged position which, although insightful, does border on hyperbolic at times. There is no doubt where his loyalties lie (Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho doesn't recieve favourable words) and two chapters focused solely on each of Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola does seem to become a little repetitive.

However there are many f...more
Steven Kedie
The best book on football I've read to date. Detailed insight of what a team that has changed the way game is played
It all depends on how much of a cule you are; most of the information in the book is general knowledge (at least if you've followed Barca since at least 2008-2009). There are a few less-known stories (stemming from Hunter's direct interaction with the players as journalist) but overall it feels like a copy-paste job. Oh, and I hated the author's clumsy attempts to invent relevant nicknames for Barca's players (forced comparisons like "odd couple of the back line" - Pique & Puyol, "Mister Sty...more
It's biased as hell, and there were parts that I skimmed over. Overall though an engaging read and good reference. A love letter to their style and vision, bittersweet for those days with Pep being over and onto a new chapter (you never forget your first love, and I fell so hard). Learnt a lot about the history of the club, and ended up falling in love with each of the players at every turn. Can't really have a favourite player now.
Michael Jones
Whether you believe that Barcelona is the greatest team in the world is a personal opinion.There is elements of bias as Hunter is a fan of the club, but I believe that is an advantage for the book, due to his insight and knowledge of the goings on of Barcelona. It's not a book for the more casual football fan as it's a long read, but it's definitely worth sticking with.
Luis Orozco
If you are looking for an objective view, you won't find it here. If you are interested in how FC Barcelona works and the main issues in the past 10 years (rise and fall of Rijkaard, the emergence and utter dominance of Messi, the Guardiola era) this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if it did sometimes feel too fanboyish.
great book for a Barca fan.
gives insight into the very successful team, like Rijkaards and Pep one.
if you want to read about:
* the most important players of that times,
* details about Barca president elections in 2003 and 2010,
* La Masia philosophy change and the Cryuff's impact on the current Barca,

then the book is for you
what a wonderful book...the only thing is that it is written by a Barca supporter so it sometimes becomes one sided...but its a superb book neverthe less....and gives a lot of insight into the current set of players...and specially of the best coaches and football thinker ever....

Visca el Barca
This is a good book detailing the rise of the FC Barcelona juggernaut; the author's a little too pumped to be writing about Barcelona, though. Not that all sports books need to be objective, but this one is pretty blatantly not objective at all. Still well-researched and a fun read, though.
I read this book throughout our trip to Spain and France. The writing is okay, but the content is great. Fascinating to learn about the history of the club and the modern evolution of one of the greatest team's of all time. Really enjoyed and would highly recommend for any sports fan.
If you follow La Liga or Barcelona then you'll probably know most of the stuff Hunter writes about such as Rijkaard failing to control the dressing room. Nevertheless it gives a good account of the last few years on how Barcelona are regarded as one of the best club sides of all time.
Pretty good background information into one of the best teams on the planet, you get to know the team and Pep Guardiola a manager driven and intelligent - and a little of how they managed to play such amazing football, although it did become a little repetitive in the end.
Hunter's look at the reasons for the success of the current Barca side is an engrossing read. A better book than Jimmy Burn's Barca book (although that one is a history) I look forward to reading Guillem Balague's book next to see how it compares/complements this one.
Leo Susana
Excellent book about the recent history of FCB. Details of the players under Pep Guardiola and the evolution of the system which currently dominates how Barca plays. How the Dutch made Barca what they are, a powerhouse which breeds its own players inhouse.
Heath Oberle
Good insight into a brand of football that is currently the symbol of perfection. The book looks into how Barcelona have evolved to become the team they are as well as the evolution of several key members within the organization. Great read!
Ian Gaynor-kirk
Interesting book if you enjoy football. Seems particularly appropriate to have read this as Barca were humbled in the Champions League.

For a period of time this was the best club side, but the best of all time? That would be a long debate!
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