brilliant orange …

Written by an Englishman in thrall with Dutch football and Dutch culture in a more general sense, Brilliant Orange is a quirky, alternative and riveting look at the ways in which the predominant social attitudes of the country and its architectural use of space have impacted upon the philosophies and styles of its football.

Though unconventional in its approach, Winner’s book – with its randomly numbered chapters and focus on art and design – manages to provide the reader with an accomplished and sophisticated portrait of the aesthetic surface of Dutch football as well as the social and artistic habits that shaped it throughout the twentieth century.

This is not just a book about football, but a mirror held up to an entire culture. Brilliant Orange is all that is good about modern football writing.

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