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Ritesh Gogineni
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The Best Real Madrid books every Real Madrid fan should read

Real Madrid Football Club is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. From the Far East to the United States, Real Madrid has fans from all corners of the world. So for all the Real Madrid fans below are a selection of few of the best Real Madrid books which will give you a glimpse of Real’s history, legends, values and of course their famous trophy wins.

5 Best Real Madrid Books

The Real Madrid Way: How Values Created the Most Successful Sports Team on the Planet- Steven G Mandis

The Real Madrid Way explains how Real Madrid has created and maintains a culture that drives both financial and on-the-field success. This book is an engrossing account of the lifetime of one of the greatest clubs in the most popular sport in the world, and for business and organization leaders, it’s an invaluable inside look at a compelling alternative model with lasting competitive advantages that can deliver superior and sustainable returns and performance.

Buy this book at Amazon.com(US) or Amazon.co.uk

 

White Storm: The Story of Real Madrid- Phil Ball

 

Within the trophy room at the Bernabeu, the spoils of a century’s achievements provide indisputable evidence of football’s conquistadores rubbing the world’s noses in the dirt. They include 29 league titles, 9 European Cups, 17 Spanish Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, and 3 World Club Championship titles. The story of Real Madrid is, however, much more than the mere sum of its achievements. The club has always attracted the biggest names in the game, and for every Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, or Beckham, there is a legend from the past. White Storm charts the history of the club from its foundations to the golden period of Di Stefano and Puskas, through the “hippy years,” to the modern embodiment of Madridismo. It ends with an analysis of the Beckham impact, the disintegration of the Florentino Perez regime, and a look at what the future might hold for the world’s most famous club.

Buy this book at Amazon.com(US) or Amazon.co.uk

Di Stéfano-Ian Hawkey

Pele, Best, and Maradona everyone has heard of, but to the true soccer fans Alfredo Di Stefano, the magician behind Real Madrid’s five European Cups in a row, is the greatest. For 20 years, Di Stéfano was the guiding force behind three teams in three countries: at River Plate in his native Argentina; at Millonarios of Bogotá in Colombia; and then in 1953, Real Madrid. There he became soccer’s first global icon, nicknamed the striking “Blond Arrow” for his powerful stamina, tactical versatility, and precision goal scoring. He led Madrid as a team whose playing style others learned from, whose stylishness was envied, and whose widespread appreciation elsewhere help portray Franco’s isolated and right-wing Spain in a more flattering light. When he retired, Di Stefano had changed Spain as a nation, culturally and politically. This is his story, including candid and exclusive interviews highlighting his journey from humble beginnings to emerging as one of the first global sport superstars.

Buy this book at Amazon.com(US) or Amazon.co.uk

Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid – A Tactical Analysis-Terzis Athanasios

This book along with the second part give the reader a full analysis of Real Madrid’s attacking and defending tactics which have been so important to their success under Jose Mourinho. They scored 121 goals in La Liga and this book shows Real’s 4-2-3-1 system of play, each player’s responsibilities, positioning and movement within every possible phase of play. Although Mourinho’s Real were always under the shadow of Pep’s Barca,they were easily one of the best counterattacking teams in this era.

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Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry – Sid Lowe

Fear and Loathing in La Liga is the definitive history of the greatest rivalry in world sport: FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. It’s Messi vs. Ronaldo, Guardiola vs. Mourinho, the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs. Franco’s fascists, plus majestic goals and mesmerizing skills. It’s the best two teams on the planet going head-to-head. It’s more than a game. It’s a war. It’s El Clásico.

Only, it’s not quite that simple. Spanish soccer expert and historian Sid Lowe covers 100 years of rivalry, athletic beauty, and excellence. Fear and Loathing in La Liga is a nuanced, revisionist, and brilliantly informed history that goes beyond sport. Lowe weaves together this story of the rivalry with the history and culture of Spain, emphasizing that it is “never about just the soccer.” With exclusive testimonies and astonishing anecdotes, he takes us inside this epic battle, including the wounds left by the Civil War, Madrid’s golden age in the fifties when they won five European cups, Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream Team, the doomed Galáctico experiment, and Luís Figo’s “betrayal.”

By exploring the history, politics, culture, economics, and language—while never forgetting the drama on the field—Lowe demonstrates the relationship between these two soccer giants and reveals the true story behind their explosive rivalry.

Buy this book at Amazon.com(US) or Amazon.co.uk

 

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