Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2005 and the National Sporting Club Book of the Year 2005 David Beckham is always in the news and this book is topical and a must for the legions of Beckham fansThis will be updated with a new chapter covering all the moving and shaking to the end of the summer of 2005
John Carlin has lived in Spain for the last five years. He is half-Spanish, half-British and bilingual. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for The Times, the Independent, the Observer and the Daily Mail in such diverse places as Washington, South Africa and Nicaragua, and in recent years has written extensively on football. He has scripted a Channel Four documentary on Diego Maradona.
'Perhaps no other journalist - certainly no Anglophone journalist - can better Carlin's access inside the kingdom of Real Madrid ... Delves deep into the exquisite and often impractical world of football' GQ 'The pick of the bunch. It conveys the astonishing turnaround in the club's fortunes from early March. It describes with admirable firsthand detail the conceit of Florentino Perez and the Galactico transfer policy that so nearly struck gold. It details the marketing master plan of Jose Angel Sanchez and his belief that, so long as the team remain competitive, the brand is more important than the results' The Times 'Readers here who are curious about this phenomenon the rest of the world knows as "the beautiful game" have an energetic and enthusiastic guide in Carlin' Boston Globe 'Excellent' Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph (best sports writer in UK)