Brilliant Orange

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Non-Fiction, Sport, Football
Paperback Published on: 19/03/2001
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Brilliant Orange
A landmark in football writing
This remarkable book confirms football is just as emblematic of a nation's culture as music, art or literature. Winner has a deep admiration for the Nethe... READ MORE
Sean O'Conor
Brilliant Orange
Like Clockwork
With all due respect to Anthony Burgess, the best book ever written about the colour orange.
Matthew Hennessey


The Netherlands has been one of the world's most distinctive and sophisticated football cultures. From the birth of Total Football in the sixties, through two decades of World Cup near misses to the exiles who remade clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in their own image, the Dutch have often been dazzlingly original and influential. The elements of their style (exquisite skills, adventurous attacking tactics, a unique blend of individual creativity and teamwork, weird patterns of self-destruction) reflect and embody the country's culture and history. This book lays bare the elegant, fractured soul of the Dutch Masters and the culture that spawned them by exploring and analysing its key ideas, institutions, personalities and history in the context of wider Dutch society.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9780747553106
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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