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The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer
Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di St’fano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it’s because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina’s rich, volatile history — by turns sublime and ruthlessly pragmatic — is mirrored in the style and swagger of its national and club sides. In Angels with Dirty Faces, Jonathan Wilson chronicles the operatic drama of Argentinian soccer: the appropriation of the British game, the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan PerÃ³ed the country, a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fÃº, the fusion of beauty and efficacy under C’sar Luis Menotti, and the emergence of all-time greats.
Praise for Inverting the Pyramid
“Here, for the first time in decades, is a top-notch soccer book on how soccer is actually played on the field.” — Simon Kuper
“An outstanding work. . . . The soccer book of the decade.” — Sunday Business Post