MARADONA is the definitive new biography of a true global icon, from world-renowned football writer and journalist Guillem Balagué. Widely acclaimed as a genius and one of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Armando Maradona was also one of the most controversial. In his international career with Argentina he earned 91 caps, scored 34 goals and played in four FIFA World Cups, captaining his nation to glory with victory over West Germany in the 1986 final in Mexico.
Guillem Balagué's masterly biography represents a psychological and sociological approach to the legend. This journey of exploration takes Guillem to Argentina, Spain, Italy and Dubai. Along the way, he asks what fosters such adulation, and how this adoration engendered a self-destructive personality.
Guillem Balague, the Sky Sports presenter and Spanish football expert, has been granted unprecedented access to Pochettino and his backroom staff over the course of the 2016-17 season, resulting in the most comprehensive and compelling portrait of a manager and of a club in the Premier League era.
Pochettino transformed Tottenham from underachievers into genuine title contenders. In the process, he marked himself out as one of the best young managers in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth over £80 million. He is, in short, a phenomenon. But little is truly known about this great footballer and athlete. Guillem Balague's insightful and revelatory biography casts an illuminating eye on what some consider - officially - the greatest footballer on earth.
This is the history of the most famous footballer on the planet, told for the first time in this authorised portrait of Messi. Researched in collaboration with his family, it looks in detail at his career and includes testimonies from colleagues, friends, family and coaches. Across more than 600 pages, Guillem tells the incredible story of the most extraordinary player of all time. Includes foreword by the Argentinian manager Alejandro Sabella and a chapter in which Pep Guardiola explains for the first time the most personal details of his relationship with Leo.
Esta es la historia de un futbolista singular, quizá el mejor de la historia, pero también una visión de su país, del club que lo acogió y de la mentalidad que se requiere para ser jugador de élite. En esta nueva edición el autor repasa lo más destacado desde aquel fatídico Mundial de Brasil hasta el final de la temporada 2017/18, justo antes de disputarse el Mundial de Rusia.
Written intelligently with a real insight into how little Leo became football's greatest.
As you might expect from Guillem Balague this is no half-baked attempt to tell the Messi.
Un retrat convincent que va al cor del misteri i del geni, Leo Messi. La carrera de Leo Messi ha estat d'ascens estel·lar i no mostra signes de desacceleració. Nascut a Rosario, l'Argentina, el 1987 va començar jugar a futbol de molt jove. Els seus registres són excepcionals i és sense cap mena de dubte un dels millors jugadors de tots els temps. Però quin és el camí que l'ha portat fins aquí? Esforç, sacrificis, llàgrimes, renuncies i la força d'una mare que sempre va creure en ell.
Fully updated to include Pep Guardiola's Bayern years and his decision to join Manchester City. 'Pep' Guardiola has transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, and this entertainingly perceptive biography explains how. Guardiola spent the majority of his playing days with Barca and was an integral part of Johan Cruyff's European Cup-winning 'dream team'. But it was on retiring from playing that he really made his mark on the club.
Otra manera de ganar, la primera biografía internacional de Pep Guardiola y un éxito de ventas en el mundo anglosajón, explica cómo el ex entrenador del Barcelona consiguió un número extraordinario de títulos, cómo cambió el fútbol a la vez que obtenía éxitos y cuál era su verdadera relación con los futbolistas clave durante los maravillosos cuatro años en que estuvo a cargo del mejor equipo del mundo (quizá de la historia). Pero es mucho más.
Otra manera de ganar es la primera biografía de Pep Guardiola, y la única en haber entrado a la intimidad futbolística y personal del hombre que revolucionó la manera de jugar convirtiéndose en el entrenador más exitoso del mundo.
An intriguing and enlightening read on a figure who is still only in his early 40s and whose next challenge is about to begin.
This book traces the club's history from its formation in 1899, the trials and triubulations of growth, the battle to emerge from the shadow - politically and sportingly - of Madrid, the blossoming of the club in the 1970s, European glory in the 1980s and 90s, and now this juggernaut of soccer that brushes aside all-comers.
Celebrates the rise and rise of the most dominant soccer team in the modern era. It is not just that the team has won everything there is to win, it is that they do it with a style rarely seen in world soccer.
Guillem Balague's thoughts, reflections and numerous articles whilst attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to "Football beyond Borders" whose youth work in the favelas of Brazil Guillem is keen to support and promote.
Another great read from Guillem, following his World Cup journey via photos, tweets and articles.
When Rafael Benitez was appointed manager of under-achieving Liverpool at the start of the 2004-2005 season, the reaction of many fans was 'Who the **** is Rafael Benitez?'. The Liverpool fans had grown used to French manager Gerard Houllier but he had been a fan of the club himself since his days as a teacher on Merseyside. A Spaniard with admittedly a wonderful record at Valencia was going to take over management of Liverpool's famous Boot Room and try and win over a disillusioned Kop.
The book is a must read for any fan wanting to live through the excitement of the Champions League Final again, and to hear from many of the key personalities involved.