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Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina

Jonathan Wilson

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Argentina, Prose: non-fiction, History, Football (Soccer, Association football)

The definitive history of Argentinian football from the award-winning author of Inverting the Pyramid

Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Roman Riquelme, Lionel Messi . . . Argentina has produced some of the greatest footballers of all time. But the rich, volatile history of Argentinian football is made up of both the sublime and the ruthlessly pragmatic. Jonathan Wilson, having lived there on and off during the last decade, is ideally placed to chart the sport's development in a country that, perhaps more than any other, lives and breathes football, its theories and its myths.

'Simultaneously epic and intimate, this is a magisterial work: not just a history of Argentinian football, but a history of Argentina' Tom Holland

'People who like football like Brazil; people who love it love Argentina. This is essential, enthralling reading about the world's most intriguing, most important football culture' Rory Smith

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Praise for Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina

  • In its expression of ruined promise, domestic football in Argentina has mirrored the country's social, financial and political life . . . An inescapable sense of regret and decay pervades this thorough and evocative chronicle - Sunday Times, Best Sports Books of 2016

  • The definitive history of Argentinian football - Guardian

  • Enthralling and often disturbing . . . The author is at his best when he is dissecting Argentinian football's idealised, aesthetically pleasing past, the psychodrama of its modern game, and its chequered football history - New Statesman

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times, and has travelled widely throughout Eastern Europe.

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