Angels with Dirty Faces

How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

Jonathan Wilson,

Angels with Dirty Faces: How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever
 
 
The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer

Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di St'fano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina's rich, volatile history -- by turns sublime and ruthlessly pragmatic -- is mirrored in the style and swagger of its national and club sides. In Angels with Dirty Faces, Jonathan Wilson chronicles the operatic drama of Argentinian soccer: the appropriation of the British game, the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan Peróed the country, a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fú, the fusion of beauty and efficacy under C'sar Luis Menotti, and the emergence of all-time greats.

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