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 Brilliant Orange - The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Title

 : 

Brilliant Orange - The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Author

 : 

David Winner

Publisher

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Bloomsbury

Year

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2000

ISBN

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0747553106

Rating  : 

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Synopsis :

The Netherlands have been one of the world's most distinctive and sophisticated football cultures. From the birth of Total Football in the 1960s, through two decades of World Cup near misses, to the exiles who remade clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in their own image, the Dutch have often been dazzlingly original and influential. The elements of their style (exquisite skills, adventurous attacking tactics, a unique blend of individual creativity and teamwork, weird patterns of self-destruction) reflect and embody the country's culture and history. Updated to include commentary on Euro 2000.

David Winner is a freelance journalist and Dutch translator. He lives in London and Amsterdam.


Our verdict :

What makes Dutch football so special? How is it possible that such a small country produces so many good players? And why do they never end up with a throphee in their hands? Are they doomed by the lost WorldCup finals of 1974 and 1978?

For this book, David Winner, got help from many of the best sports journalists in The Netherlands. He also lived in The Netherlands so he did the necessary research to form an opinion about this country and its football.

As he lived in Amsterdam he's got a soft spot for Ajax. The Ajax system also formed the basis for the Total Football of the 1974 WorldCup team which stunned the world. Therefore there are several pages devoted to this club.

The book is not just about football but it let's you feel what it's like to be dutch. A must read!
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