ISBN 9780857206534,La Roja : A Journey Through Spanish Football

La Roja : A Journey Through Spanish Football


Burns Jimmy


Simon & Schuster



Simon & Schuster

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9780857206534

ISBN-10 0857206532


Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)


La Roja was the passion that ran through the nation's veins, but, in its modem context, one that was life-giving. This was the colour of a sporting achievement recognised by fans across frontiers, not the red of execution squads that for centuries had set Spain apart from the rest of the world. Football played by players with style, and unity of spirit and purpose. One for all, all for one'

From Spanish football's early beginnings when the first game on the shores of Bilbao and Buenos Aires was played by British sailors and engineers, through to the influx of South American stars, and similarly inspirational Italians, Dutchmen and Scandinavians, this lively and thoughtful history shows how the engagement of foreigners with home-grown Spanish talent overcame political adversity and produced football of sublime skill, passion, and unparalleled entertainment value.
La Roja takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games, and moments that have defined Spanish football; from the early days to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid - and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the World Champions.