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LFFW | Angels With Dirty Faces: A Footballing History of Argentina
Fri 19 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Jonathan Wilson will be in conversation with Ed Malyon to discuss his latest book Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina
Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Román Riquelme, Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi ... Argentina is responsible for some of the greatest footballers on the planet. Their rich, volatile history is made up of both the sublime and the ruthlessly pragmatic.
Argentina is a nation obsessed with football, and Jonathan Wilson, having lived there on and off during the last decade, is ideally placed to chart the five phases of Argentinian football: the appropriation of the British game; the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan Perón led the country into isolation; a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fútbol; the fusing of beauty and efficacy under César Luis Menotti; and the ludicrous (albeit underachieving) creative talent of recent times.
More than any other nation Argentina lives and breathes football, its theories and myths. The subject is fiercely debated on street corners and in cafes. It has even preoccupied the country's greatest writers and philosophers.
Angels with Dirty Faces is the definitive history of a great footballing nation and its many paradoxes.
Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) is the author of Inverting the Pyramid, which won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His other books include Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football; Sunderland: A Club Transformed; The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches; Nobody Ever Says Thank You, a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough; The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper; and The Anatomy of Liverpool. He writes for the Guardian, Sports Illustrated and World Soccer, and he is the editor of The Blizzard.
Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) is the Sports Editor for The Independent.
About the festival:
- Events will consist of approximately 45 minutes of discussion between panelists, with 30 minutes audience Q&A
- Events subject to change
- The events take place in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. There is a lift that serves the basement and there is an accessible, gender-neutral toilet located on all three floors of the shop. If you have any further questions on accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seating is unreserved, but for those with hearing/sight impairment, seats can be reserved at the front of the room - please contact email@example.com to arrange
- There is a fully licensed bar and cafe that is open during the course of the event
- Authors will be available to sign copies after the event, though this cannot be guaranteed. If you cannot come to the event, but still wish to purchase a signed copy, please call Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on 02074361886 to organise. You will be required to pay for the book prior to the event and, again, signed copies cannot be guaranteed.