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Manchester, 2018: Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho lead their teams out to face each other in the 175th Manchester derby. They are first and second in the Premier League, but today only one man can come out on top. It is merely the latest instalment in a rivalry that has contested titles, traded insults and crossed a continent but which can be traced back to a friendship that began almost 25 years ago.

Barcelona, late '90s: Johan Cruyff's Dream Team is disintegrating, and the revolutionary manager has departed, but what will come next will transform the future of football. Cruyff's style has changed the game and given birth to a generation of thinkers: men like Ronald Koeman, Luis Enrique, Laurent Blanc, Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal, and Cruyff's club captain, Pep Guardiola, and a young translator, José Mourinho.

The Barcelona Legacy is an audiobook in part about tactics, about how the theories that underpin the modern game were forged by Cruyff and his successors, but also about the people and personalities who gathered at the Camp Nou for what was effectively the greatest coaching seminar in history, about their friendships and rivalries and, in one case, an apocalyptic falling out that continues to shape the game today.

©2018 Jonathan Wilson (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Good listen

Good story but there quite a few things factually not right ie stating that Bobby Robson being in the WBA 54 cup winning side but didn’t join until 56, also lots of mispronunciations of football figures by the narrator, which doesn’t look good on the publishers research

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Dismiss Barcelona's legacy at your own bereavement

Barcelona's legacy transcends the confines of Nou Camp and Catalonia. It is Europe's gift to the footballing world. I'm not even referring to the Cruffyian methodology, but rather the sheer number of ideologues, thinkers and tacticians the club churns constantly. It is the equivalent of Plato's Academy in footballing sense, where those who come in learn the nature of the game only to then go on their own path and apply their ideals to the game. From the Godfather of this footballing culture; Rinus Michels to his disciples; Van Gaal and Cruyff and then more and more, imagine a tree diagram that keeps expanding, it is truly intriguing to see how each then sets up his own path, and either converge to the Barcelona philosophy (Guardiola) or diverge from them (Mourinho).

Many have already stated and I feel I need to keep emphasising that this doesn't just give a historical context on Mes Que Un Club, instead how Mes Que Un Club has touched the European world more than any other club. Madrid are undoubtedly the greater and bigger club objectively, however its sole focus is on itself, Barcelona's soul focuses on exporting its ideas via its students. Which explains why albeit Madrid consistently maintain high standards, Barcelona's legacy is greater as it sets improbable standards. I know which I would be more proud of.

Amazing book, Jonathan Wilson is a genius in football and truly knows what he is talking about. Explains why I love his podcast; The Blizzard, which is so different from all the other football podcasts.

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my favourite audiobook

this audiobook is the benchmark I hold all others to. I absolutely loved it. fascinating story, very well researched and written, with fantastic quotes and background that will leave you wanting more.

I was slightly disappointed the great man himself wasn't performing the book here, although Charlie Anson is very good and a solid professional.

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Brilliant

Like all the books Jonathan Wilson I have read or listened to this book is brilliant.

In comparison to Hunter's "Barca", which i have recently read, this a so much better.

The only negative is the narrator kept using the Spanish pronunciation of Jose, rather than the Portuguese one. Similarly mispronouncing many other household names like Sacchi with a hard "ch". But it's a minor point and doesn't detract from the the book.

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great information, a little dry

great info for football fanatics, coaches, people imtresting in strategy. a little dry, it's one to by paying attention to.

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Good story, balls narrator

Sounds like it's being read by a robot, not a real person. He's pretty dull and continuously mispronounces pretty straightforward names of players and clubs. It starts to grate pretty quickly

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Interesting Book, Dodgy Pronunciations

The book is interesting and well-written, but there are a lot of pronunciation errors by the narrator. It's surprising they didn't have someone check this.

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good book

liked it but would be nice to have a famous manager or footballer telling the story who were at barca

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good

interesting listen, talking about the philosophy of Barcelona and how Cruyff has influenced the game and modern managers.

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absolutley brilliant

fantastic book again, so much detail covering a number of coaches and different football generations

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  • Nosakhare Ehigie
  • 13-06-19

interesting story

It was ok. wasn't blown away . easy listen with some nice historical reference. but mostly modern day stories and characters. if you are a big football fan then most of references are known

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  • Andrew Condon
  • 07-09-18

Not boring

Despite the stick Jonathan Wilson gets from fellow football colleagues on a certain football podcast this is not at all a dry tome about formations but an entertaining history of both ideas and personalities associated with the diffusion of Dutch footballing ideas into the world.
The audiobook makes an excellent companion to the short podcast series about the book.
My only quibble with the performance is the curious pronunciations of non-English names, tho at least the reader is making an effort to pronounce them correctly.