By Sid Lowe
Worry and Loathing in l. a. Liga is the definitive historical past of the best contention in global recreation: FC Barcelona vs. actual Madrid. It’s Messi vs. Ronaldo, Guardiola vs. Mourinho, the kingdom opposed to the kingdom, freedom opponents vs. Franco’s fascists, plus majestic ambitions and enthralling talents. It’s the simplest groups in the world going head-to-head. It’s greater than a video game. It’s a struggle. It’s El Clásico.
Only, it’s now not fairly that straightforward. Spanish football professional and historian Sid Lowe covers a hundred years of contention, athletic attractiveness, and excellence. worry and Loathing in l. a. Liga is a nuanced, revisionist, and brilliantly trained background that is going past activity. Lowe weaves jointly this tale of the contention with the heritage and tradition of Spain, emphasizing that it truly is “never approximately simply the soccer.” With unique stories and superb anecdotes, he's taking us within this epic conflict, together with the injuries left by means of the Civil struggle, Madrid’s golden age within the fifties once they received 5 eu cups, Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream group, the doomed Galáctico test, and Luís Figo’s “betrayal.”
By exploring the historical past, politics, tradition, economics, and language—while by no means forgetting the drama at the field—Lowe demonstrates the connection among those football giants and divulges the genuine tale at the back of their explosive competition.
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Additional resources for Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid
From another planet,” says the cover of the country’s best-selling newspaper. Three months after the clásico, Messi won the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo was second. Natural, said the Barcelona fans; a scandal, said the Madrid ones. What the ceremony in Zurich really showed was just how brilliant they both are; how dominant Madrid and Barcelona had become in terms of the sport and the spotlight. * Between them, Madrid and Barcelona boast the past eight winners of the Ballon d’Or and when the 2012 FIFPro team of the year was announced, ten of the eleven players were from Madrid or Barcelona.
Every single winner of the FIFA World Player Award for eighteen years has played for Madrid or Barcelona at some stage of his career. They are two soccer behemoths, eponymous representatives of the two biggest cities in Spain—different cities with different identities, seemingly locked in permanent confrontation, cities whose political and cultural contexts are different. Barcelona stands on the Mediterranean, looking out toward France and Italy, the city where the maxim has it that fashions and political-isms hit Spain first.
And there, at kilometer 52 of the NVI road to the northwest of Madrid, Barcelona’s president and his companions were assassinated by fascist troops. Shot in the back of the head and left, their bodies were never recovered. The date was August 6, 1936. Today the La Coruña motorway heads out of the Spanish capital toward the Guadarrama mountain range, past the Valley of the Fallen, General Francisco Franco’s giant mausoleum with its five-hundred-foot cross. The NVI, the old road, breaks off from the motorway and snakes up the mountain, climbing steeply through the forest.