Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World Paperback – Feb 1 2012
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The main focus is on the Pep Guardiola era and learning about him and his staff is actually even more fascinating. Most intriguing is the meeting a couple of Barca directors had with Jose Mourinho prior to Pep's hiring. It truly shows Barca is a club that finally knows deep down what it is and how to not only win trophies but play in a style that fits with their philosophy.
In addition, the color photos in this book are excellent. Check out the one of Messi wearing a mask in a youth team squad pic or of Pique wrapped in the goal netting he loves cutting down after Barca win their biggest matches.
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The juxtaposition of FCB's darkest days to its' brightest are riveting reading for the casual or even non-fan of the sport or this team. As with most great stories it is about the people involved and these people are fascinating. The times when the club appeared to be hitting on all cylinders,had behind the scenes activities working against the club are fascinating. Sadly the positive to negative shift for a FCB great, Ronaldinho are illuminating as to what really matters.
FC Barcelona's expression of Mes Que Un Club - More than a Club is shown to be more than a marketing slogan. The club didn't do everything right to be certain but even their missteps show valuable lessons in how to stay true to your heart. The ebb and flow of this great team's most recent decade really can show others how to focus on the important matters.