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is an English
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author and journalist. He lives in Kilburn, London.
His best-known books are Those Feet: An Intimate History of English Football
(2005), and Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football is a book by David Winner, first published in 2000. It looks at the development of football in the Netherlands from the 1960s onwards, and at how the footballing culture reflected changes in wider Dutch culture...
explains why the football
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players of the Netherlands
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play beautifully but lose their most important matches. He analyses other elements of Dutch life and culture, such as their flat flooding-prone land, unusual taste in art, and their experiences in World War 2.
His most recent book, Around the World in 90 Minutes (plus extra time and penalties)
(2007) was based on his journey to 13 countries during the four weeks of the 2006 World Cup.
Winner also co-wrote The Coming of The Greens
(1988) (with Jonathon Porritt
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), a study of environmentalism
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in the United Kingdom
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Together with Lex van Dam
Lex van Dam is a Dutch trader, author and television personality. He lives in London.Together with David Winner he translated a book about Johan Cruyff, The Netherlands best-ever footballer titled Ajax, Barcelona, Cruyff, The ABC of an destinate Maestro by Frits Barend and Henk van Dorp.In early...
he translated a book about Johan Cruyff, The Netherlands best-ever footballer titled Ajax, Barcelona, Cruyff, The ABC of a destinate Maestro
by Frits Barend and Henk van Dorp.
Winner supports Arsenal football club.