- Gebundene Ausgabe: 246 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (19. Juni 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0747547084
- ISBN-13: 978-0747547082
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 20,4 x 15,2 x 2,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.421.117 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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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!