Summary

It’s Messi vs Ronaldo, it’s Catalonia vs Castilla. It’s the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs Franco’s fascists. It’s majestic goals and mesmerising skills, red cards and bench brawls. It’s the best two teams on the planet going face to face and toe to toe. It’s more than a game. It’s a war. It’s Barcelona vs Real Madrid.... Only, it’s not that simple.
From the wounds left by the civil war to the teams’ recent global domination, historian and expert on Spanish football, Sid Lowe lifts the lid on sport’s greatest rivalry. Lowe has spoken to the biggest names and the forgotten heroes who defined their clubs. Men like Alfredo Di Stéfano and Johan Cruyff as well as the only survivor of the most politically charged game in history, the Barcelona striker who knocked Madrid out of the European Cup for the first time ever, and the president who celebrated his club’s defining moment by taking a midnight dip in the Thames.
By exploring the history, politics, culture, economics, and language, while never forgetting the drama on the pitch, Lowe demonstrates the symbiotic nature of the relationship between these two football giants. In doing so he reveals the human story behind this explosive rivalry.
©2013 Sid Lowe (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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By Mr. M. W. Brandon on 14-11-15

Dial Up Sid Lowe

Always one of the most insightful of sports journalists when he appears on Guardian Football Weekly, this book is a delight, especially in audio form. An interesting blend of football and history, it does not offer a comprehensive story of either but will leave the reader/listener with an incredible insight into how the two intertwine.

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By Daniel on 22-08-15

Brilliant. Really balanced and interesting

Really recommend it! I didn't know a lot about the history of the El Classico, just the modern rivalry. This book informed what the precise wisdom is, but then the reality. Like Barca have not also grown Ballon d'ore winner's. And real were not always the big money spenders

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By Filipe Figueira on 20-10-13

A wonderful and balanced history of both clubs

If you could sum up Fear and Loathing in La Liga in three words, what would they be?

Engrossing, Balanced & Informed

Who was your favorite character and why?

This book has really presented a great background to watching Classicos and Spanish football.

What about Sid Lowe’s performance did you like?

Great little personal vignettes that develop through the chapter with history and insight.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sid Lowe is the perfect narrator. Great voice and the passion and knowledge comes through.

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