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Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football: The Neurotic Genius of Football (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 19. Juni 2000

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"1974 was actually very painful to us all," says Dutch psychoanalyst Anna Enquist. "We can't admit to ourselves that something can be so important. But it matters very much. There is still a deep, unresolved trauma about 1974. It's a very living pain, like an unresolved crime."

En Vincent zag het koren
En Einstein het getal
En Zeppelin de Zeppelin
En Johan zag de bal

(And Vincent saw the corn
And Einstein the number
And Zeppelin the Zeppelin
And Johan saw the ball)
--Dutch cabaret song

The intellectualisation of football has always foundered on a simple problem--the players. Doing all your most rewarding thinking with your feet seems to dull the philosophical impulse. Unless, of course, you are Dutch. According to legend, Europeans played a moronic, muscular version of the world's game, until Holland proclaimed its vision of total football in the 1974 World Cup, and enlightenment dawned.

In Brilliant Orange--the neurotic genius of Dutch football, journalist David Winner explores his personal fascination with the land that gave the world Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Johan Cruyff--searching for reasons why such a tiny country has produced some of football's most intelligent, enigmatic and unfulfilled teams.

Winter talks with the players, past and present--including Johnny Rep and Ruud Krol from the losing World Cup Final sides of 1974 and 1978--uncovering their personal experience of the public triumphs and disasters. But it is the breadth of his enquiry into what it may mean to be Dutch--reconciling a colonial past with a multi-cultural present; living with the memories of wartime occupation and collaboration; the tensions between a fiercely individualistic, libertarian spirit and the principles of communality--that makes this such an extraordinary and wonderful book. --Alex Hankin


'Original and conventional ... Fascinating and individualistic, Brilliant Orange beguiles you like a Cruyff turn' The Times -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Von Ein Kunde am 19. September 2000
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I will tell you right off that I've been waiting for this book for 26 years. I, like the author, fell for the "total football" of Ajax Amsterdam (a Dutch soccer club which won three consecutive European Cups-'71,'72,'73) and the Dutch national soccer team, which impressed the world during the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. Being an American, I was starved for information about this generation of players who brought a revolution in tactical thinking to world soccer. I'm sure a lot was written about them at the time (some still is), but most of it was not in English or not easily availble in the States. I was convinced at the time that the progressive thinking of these teams must be, in some part, a function of the Dutch mentality. This book is an attempt to show that connection. The chapters essentially alternate between factual information and interviews with some former players and coaches and factual information and interviews with people unrelated to soccer but involved in other creative areas, i.e. architecture, art, etc. The book is not all about the positive side, either. The Dutch national soccer team has had a history of self-destructing at important tournaments and this too is linked with certain aspects of Dutch thinking.
The book also covers some of the more recent vintages of Ajax and the Dutch national team in the same way. This shows not only a continuity of cultural thought, but also helps to deal with situations that occurred after the early '70's, such as the influx of other ethnicities into the soccer teams, and the accompanying problems this brought.
"Brilliant Orange" is essential reading for all those who love Dutch soccer. But it will also be entertaining and insightful for anyone interested in the way cultural thought manifests itself in specific areas of life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant read about the Dutch - and their football 22. August 2014
Von Riikka-Maria Turkia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was never a big football fan. I would watch some matches during big tournaments but that was it. Then something very strange happened to me during last summer’s World Cup 2014 - I became fascinated about the game, but not just any team’s game. It was the Dutch matches that I enjoyed the most. I couldn’t really understand it – what was it about the Dutch that made me almost spellbound when watching them play. (I watched the Holland vs. Spain game three times and I still keep watching the highlights). Since I didn’t really know anything about football, I had to learn more.
While looking for articles about the Dutch football I came across references to David Winner’s book. How fortunate for me, that there actually was a book to explain why Dutch football is worth an interest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is as beautiful as the game is at its best. The book also offers you an insight into the Dutch mindset beyond football. You learn about Dutch history, art and society while learning about their great players and the total football. You don’t actually need to be a football fan to enjoy the book.
I hope David Winner enjoyed the success of the Dutch team in the 2014 World Cup and that he will add a new final chapter. The one added after the 2010 World Cup gives the book a somewhat gloomy finish. After all, total football is back!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding 19. Oktober 2013
Von Kai - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
A book written for true soccer fans. Quotes & statements from players, coaches, authors etc. I'm only 27, but it brought me back and helped me experience a different time period as well as imagine the surroundings. The author ties in very unique comparisons to the Dutch way of life & to football. A rare type of book.., one that you put in the short stack of "keep and re-read" instead of the huge stack of "get too later." Enjoy yourself & always enjoy football.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A fantastic look into Dutch football 6. März 2014
Von Chris O'Mahony - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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David Winner clearly put a lot of work into this book, which not only gives a great insight into Dutch football, but also looks at the society and psyche. Well worth reading for all football fans especially with the World Cup on the horizon
5.0 von 5 Sternen The key is space 23. Juni 2014
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Great insights on Dutch culture! Especially the thesis that both football and culture are defined by the experience of space in the Netherlands is very fruitful!
3.0 von 5 Sternen Decent read 7. Juli 2014
Von Tartan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Not a bad book, but it almost lost me early on with all the nonsense about architecture etc. Thankfully the remainder of the book was more about football.
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