“He's a salesman, he's a convivial bloke, a fun, lively, optimistic guy…not a realist.” – author of new Barca book sceptical of Laporta’s “clean-up” skills
18 August 2021
New book by groundbreaking author and journalist draws upon fly on the wall access to chronicle the build up to Barcelona’s crisis.
Author explains about a working-culture at F.C. Barcelona very far away from the professionalism you see at high-performing companies.
Complacency, catastrophic recruitment, and Messi’s half-billion wage packet attributable for Barca’s collapse.
“I don't think anyone in the club would speak of Barcelona as a business,” he says.
On the morning of 5 August, the first extracts of the journalist and author Simon Kuper’s new book, Barca: The Inside Story of the World’s Greatest Football Club, were published.
For two years Kuper, a columnist and features writer for the Financial Times, had followed Barcelona from the inside, institutional James Boswell, part fly on the wall, and handed a level of access that would make anybody who works in the football industry envious.
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