"Lively, entertaining, perceptive and well informed" (Sunday Times
"A fascinating book, full of politics and culture as well as football" (The Independent
"Excellent. Phil Ball has written nothing less than a guide to Spanish life" (The Observer
"Few can claim to have such an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish game" (FourFourTwo
"Offers a useful insight into the Madridista mindset" (The Times
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 twenty-nine league titles, nine European Cups, seventeen Spanish Cups, two UEFA Cups and three 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 - the type of player more recently referred to by Los Merengues as 'galactico'. 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 - Raul. 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.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Phil Ball is the author of The Hapless Teacher's Handbook
and the celebrated Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football
. He has lived and worked in Spain since 1991.