Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Football

Brilliant Orange The Neurotic Genius of Football The Netherlands has 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

  • Title: Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Football
  • Author: David Winner
  • ISBN: 9780747547082
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Netherlands has 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 styleThe Netherlands has 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.

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    1. Fascinating study of the evolution of Total Football, taking in the possibilities that the Dutch teams of the 1960s were influenced by such varied aspects of their culture as architecture, geography, social upheaval and discussing potential reasons for why they also have a habit of imploding and failing dramatically at major tournaments. Deserving of much more than I can give it at six am. RIP Johan Cryuff, for all of the impact of architecture and geography none of this brilliance would have be [...]

    2. Let me begin this with a confession. I had absolutely no intention of reading this book so soon into the New Year, especially after reading something as comprehensive & exhausting as "Soccer in Sun and Shadow" last month. But a friend of mine on Twitter seemed to wax lyrical about it while he was halfway through, so I sort of gave him my word over a discussion I would read it & there you go, I did."Brilliant Orange" is a football book alright, despite David Winner's disclaimer that it is [...]

    3. One of the most hilarious things that can happen on a soccer field is also one of the most improbable. It's when a player attempts to take a shot on goal and misses so far wide that the ball crosses the sideline, resulting in a throw-in for the opposing team and much laughter from everyone who witnessed it. If you're unfamiliar with the sport or with the physics of striking a ball, trust me that this is not an easy thing to do. I've been playing/watching soccer for close to 25 years and I've per [...]

    4. This is a very good, but fundamentally flawed book. It is an easy/fun read with above-average intelligence w/r/t reporting&thought. At the same time, it continually hints at ideas that it shies away from exploring in a little more depth. There is no bibliography, so it is tough to make a case for it pointing to other books that may provide more insight. It makes the whole thing feel like a well-quoted confirmation of the author's opinions. But I find those opinions relevant and interesting, [...]

    5. This book sells itself as a populist guide to Dutch soccer, one that will deal with not just history, but strategy and theory. It doesn't (exactly) deliver. The first few chapters are engaging and make connections between the way the Dutch play soccer and the way they think about art, cities, politics and philosophy. From there, the author descends into a series of exegeses dealing with particular players, matches and coaches that, together, provide a haphazard history of orange football. Worth [...]

    6. İnanılmaz. Yani o kadar senedir sağda-solda hakkında kurulan övgü cümleleri boşuna değilmiş. İthaki'den de Allah razı olsun, yeniden canlandırdığı Futbol Kültürü serisini bu kitapla taçlandırmış. Daha 100. Sayfasında burada 5 yıldız vereceğimi kararlaştırmıştım. Ha nedir, herkeste aynı etkiyi yapmaz elbet. Şahsen zaten bu ekolün hastası olduğumdan, olayı derinlemesine irdeleyen/üstüne düşünüp köklere ulaşan bir kitap, hazdan hazza sürükledi beni.

    7. Can countries even have national football neuroses? Nahhh. The boring truth is that we really can’t connect the way a country plays football to its national psyche because football is a collection of players, all separate humans; and a country is just an idea, formed by millions of different people over thousands of years. But this book is great. At those precious moments when a country's football reaches its golden age, what fun! Then there is so much beautiful happening that we can choose am [...]

    8. Marika: this book was a fascinating look behind the brillance of dutch footballers and dutch society since the 60s in general and how the two relate. I learned that the dutch soccer philosophy of playing attractive attacking football has been paramount to actually winning for the majority of the Dutch football heirarchy, ever since the glory days of Cruyff and Ajax in the early seventies. And that because of their arrogance and bickering the dutch will never win the world cup even with teams ful [...]

    9. The book fortunately was not boring. The way it connect's a sports teams performance with a nation's attitude and psyche is interesting, reflection of Dutch mindset all the more so. I have admired Dutch players and have been perplexed how a team with such brilliance have failed at a global level, the book helped demystify it. David Winner being a journalist, the journalistic objectivity in writing up this analytic work is evident in quite a few presentation, the balance helped to understand bett [...]

    10. The chapters dedicated to football are excellent. Those that bring in art and history for comparisons fall flat, for me at least. Probably because neither are very relevant to me.Would have loved to watch 'totaalvoebal', as it is described here. The football must have been beautiful ,but the narration made it even more so.Good have included a lot more photos, esp of some of the pivotal dutch football moments over the years

    11. The book touches upon certain great eras of the Dutch football in 70s, 80s and 90s, trying to provide explanations for the dutch performance, linking it up with historical events. Football should equal win or beauty? That is a question that with some notable exceptions all Dutch show no hesitation to answer at. The book gives a -superficial though- coverage of the dutch mentality, using also testimonies from important personalities whose influence on football lasts until today: this part is very [...]

    12. É embasbacante. Um ótimo jeito de se entender o futebol da Holanda e como o próprio país funciona. Um estudo sobre estilo, cultura, sociedade e sobre o time mais interessante que já li a respeito. 10/10

    13. ExcelenteDavid Winner the perfectamente la cultura holandesa con la selección holandesa. Terminado el libro se puede apreciar más los logros del fútbol total y de los países bajos.

    14. Generally this book explains how the Dutch people think and especially their philosophy. I suggest this book for the football lovers. Ajax and Netherland football teams are the main topics in this book. I really enjoyed while reading it.

    15. bel saggio sul calcio totale olandese e sui suoi legami anche culturali con la storia del paese. interessante anche per non fanatici di calcio

    16. Entertaining look at Dutch football and its connections to the large Dutch culture, history, landscape and life.

    17. I never thought I ll find so much philosophy, art, politics, culture and sociology in a book about football. Brilliant indeed.

    18. Tof boek dat de Nederlandse voetbalcultuur afzet tegen de Nederlandse geschiedenis, politiek, architectuur etc. Laatste hoofdstuk over de WK-finale in 2010 was erg negatief en had van mij niet gehoeven. Ook al had de beste man zeker een goed punt.

    19. When I went to the Netherlands on vacation last spring, I asked my friends on social media to recommend some books about Amsterdam, and the Netherlands in general, other than the obvious ones like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Girl With the Pearl Earring. A couple of people (as well as my Lonely Planet guide book) recommend David Winner's BRILLIANT ORANGE: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football. A book about Dutch soccer's influence on Dutch society and Dutch society's influence on Dutch soccer [...]

    20. Recommended to all football fans, especially those who have always wondered why The Netherlands, with all its great teams and attractive Total Football, has never been able to win a World Cup. This book makes use of great comparisons of football styles and attitudes with architecture, history and politics in the Dutch society, so believe me when I say that it's been a pleasure to discover and read this, as a big football fan that I am.If your mind has gone through the same lines of thought (Why [...]

    21. First a list of all the things this book is not aboutThis won’t give you all the records and statistics of Dutch football.Doesn’t have a chronological history of the game in the country. Doesn’t talk in detail about all their great players, great matches or great clubs. To sum it up, this book isn’t the best preparatory material for a quiz on Dutch football. You might even end up in last place.In that sense, it is quite unlike most of the books written about a country or a club’s footb [...]

    22. "Brilliant Orange" is a beautifully written book on the history, and philosophy of Dutch soccer. The author taps into research on socialogy, psychology, architecture, photography, painting, sculpture, and philosophy. Much of the philosophy in the book has to do with space, area, depth, height, and width, and the abundance of space versus the lack of space. David Winner argues persuasively that the physical nature of the Netherlands being flat, below sea level, and clastrophobic in terms of livin [...]

    23. Along with 'All Played Out', Pete Davies' chronicle of England's exploits at Italia 90, 'Brilliant Orange' is the best book on football I have ever read. Calling it a 'football book' alone is doing it a huge disservice. Winner uses that incredible period of the 1970's where the Netherlands brought 'Total Football' to the world and uses it as a platform to explore the overall psyche of the nation. Connections are made between the unique way the Dutch play their football and that of their architec [...]

    24. hard to know whether to characterize Winner's project as genius or madness, but whatever it is, it's original. there's very little internal structure to the book - more of a series of loosely connected sketches, with a few re-occurring characters. even the chapter numbers aren't sequential - this will likely be the only book I ever read that contains a chapter -14.'dutch space is different' is the hands down high point - a meditation on dutch history, national character, and football tactics. re [...]

    25. While this book's title says it is about Dutch soccer, it's really about much more. It's about what it's like to be Dutch. And while we might think of the Dutch as easy going, pot smoking, genial friends to all who visit, in reality, there is a lot more to being Dutch.Winner does a great job of putting together an examination of how Dutch soccer (football for the rest of the world) has changed over time. The Dutch for the first half of the 20th Century were lightly regarded in Europe. Then, when [...]

    26. I'm reading David Winner’s brilliant ‘Brilliant Orange’, a look at the development of Dutch football (soccer) through the wider lens of national culture. Via the awesome Culture of Soccer : Winner claims that “space is the unique defining element of Dutch football. Other nations and football cultures may have produced greater goalscorers, more dazzling individual ball-artists, and more dependable and efficient tournament-winning teams. But no one has ever imagined or structured their pla [...]

    27. "'In Spain or in Italy they only talk about one thing and that's winning. Just win the game; don't be so difficult. If you play well - OK, Fantastic. If you don't play well, well it's bad luck. But win. If you have a few Dutch players in such an Italian or Spanish team or an English team, they pick it up and go with it, the neurosis disappears. Yet for some reason, when the Dutch are together, the main thing is 'Let us show the World how good we are'.""'In music there is a rule, the bigger the g [...]

    28. One wouldn't think a book about soccer could be informative about other aspects of life such as politics, culture, and art. However, this book manages to relate 'the beautiful game' to the beautiful aspects of the Dutch culture in a way that readers or all walks of life can understand. You don't necessarily need to be a soccer nerd to read the book, though it certainly helps as the author has a tendency to throw out names fairly often. The book is written to a general audience and anyone that is [...]

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