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Brilliant orange : the neurotic genius of Dutch soccer

Author: David Winner
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Brilliant Orange is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really about Dutch soccer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly below sea level, and who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a fractured dike with his little finger. If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space, and a people whose unique conception of it has led to some
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Winner
ISBN: 1585672580 9781585672585
OCLC Number: 48376071
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 276 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: David Winner.
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"Brilliant Orange is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really about Dutch soccer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly below sea level, and who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a fractured dike with his little finger. If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space, and a people whose unique conception of it has led to some of the most enduring art, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely cerebral form of soccer - Total Football - that led in 1974 to a World Cup finals match with arch-rival Germany. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delight observers around the world.

As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shared ancestry with Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Rembrandt's The Night Watch, maybe even with Gouda cheese."--BOOK JACKET.

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