Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of

Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina (English Edition) This enthralling socio political account of a football obsessed nation illuminates on many levels Antony Clavane, author of A Yorkshire Tragedy DAILY GAZETTE For unpicking what it is about Argentine football that appeals and appals in almost equal measure read Angels with Dirty Faces by Jonathan Wilson, one of those writers who writes about the familiar in the most unfamiliar of ways Mark Perryman PHILOSOPHY FOOTBALL This is a huge, magisterial study of Argentinian football and the culture and violence that informs it The country has lurched from one coup to the next, Juan Peron looms large in Wilson s story He writes movingly about the dirty war that went on in the background to the country s World Cup triumph, and shares laugh out loud yarns from itsWorld Cup victory Richard Fitzpatrick IRISH EXAMINER Immensely readable and wonderfully researched history of a nation and its long term love for the beautiful game BIRMINGHAM POST In its expression of ruined promise, domestic football in Argentina has mirrored the country s social, financial and political life Three of the greatest of all footballers Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi inherited the fire, passion and trickery of their native game in Argentina and all went on to spend their best years in Europe An inescapable sense of regret and decay pervades this thorough and evocative chronicle Nick Pitt THE SUNDAY TIMES Best Sports Books ofEpic in sweep a history of Argentinian football that is also a truly magnificent history of that country an unfailingly fascinating read Tom Holland EVENING STANDARD Books of the YearThe definitive history of Argentinian football Barry Glendenning THE GUARDIAN Immensely readable and wonderfully researched history of a nation and its long term love for the beautiful gameafter reading this excellent history, you ll be convinced that it won t be long before they add to their two World Cup titles THE PINK Jonathan Wilson s enthralling and often disturbing history of Argentinian footballWilson, one of the best of a new generation of football writers eager to to emphasise the bigger picture, untangles the social, economic and political narrativesHe offers a nuanced examination of the extraordinary talents of Maradona and Lionel Messi, the all time great who never played at home He deconstructs the Anglocentric interpretations of bothand Wilson s vignettes of former legends are well observedThe author is at his best when he is dissecting Argentinian football s idealised, aesthetically pleasing past, the psychodrama of its modern game, and its chequered football history Anthony Clavane NEW STATESMAN Wilson is a cerebral and knowledgeable sports journalistand what he gives us in ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES is not just a history of the game in Argentina, but also an exhaustive account of all the cultural, social and political context in which moments such as the country s World Cup victories inandtook place the extraordinary attention to detail will reward the dedicated reader as he serves up reams of entertaining titbits, involving one handed strikers, buried chickens and plenty , alongside serious consideration of the junta s reign of terror and other instances of Argentine discord CATHOLIC HERALD Wilson is one of soccer s most respected historians and anoraks and here he delivers the definitive history of the beautiful game in Argentina Mark Keane IRISH DAILY MAIL Jonathan Wilson s INVERTING THE PYRAMID is easily the best game about soccer I ve ever read, a treatise on tactics that s worth a hundred dismal autobiographies Now Wilson has turned his considerable powers to one country and its obsession with the game ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES It s a history of Argentina as reflected in the sport, and how life in Argentina has been reflected in the sportThis is the kind of book you don t see too often, an attempt to use a broad canvas and to include detail far beyond team sheets and scorelinesConceiving of and writing a book like this is an achievement in and of itself Michael Moynihan IRISH EXAMINER From Alfredo Di Stefano to Lionel Messi, Argentine football get the Jonathan Wilson treatment in this exhaustive, illuminating history HBO could make this into a series SPORT AmbitiousWilson has a fine eye for detail and a solid grasp of the big picture He writes confidently about the sport, including tactics and strategies, but also about social and political questionsA sprawling, vibrant book about soccer in Argentina, a country where the sport is every bit as important and reflective of the society as it is anywhere in the world KIRKUS REVIEWS Wilson, as you would expect from the author of several important books on football history and tactics, goes far deeper than the stereotype fine grained and often original researchas a writer who knows and appreciates Argentina, he is prepared to take on thedemanding task of telling the story in parallel with that of the country s turbulent political and social evolutiondensely detailed but absorbing book Richard Williams GUARDIANThe definitive history of Argentinian football from the award winning author of Inverting the PyramidAlfredo Di Stfano, Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Romn Riquelme, Lionel MessiArgentina has produced some of the greatest footballers of all time But the rich, volatile history of Argentinian football is made up of both the sublime and the ruthlessly pragmatic Jonathan Wilson, having lived there on and off during the last decade, is ideally placed to chart the sport s development in a country that, perhapsthan any other, lives and breathes football, its theories and its myths Simultaneously epic and intimate, this is a magisterial work not just a history of Argentinian football, but a history of Argentina Tom Holland People who like football like Brazil people who love it love Argentina This is essential, enthralling reading about the world s most intriguing, most important football culture Rory Smith

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