Beyond race, faith, politics, class, sex or age, football is the great global religion. One of the most striking phenomena of the early 21st century is how the popularity of the game the British invented 150 years ago has exploded, attracting millions of new devotees. Women everywhere are flocking to the game, as are the hitherto pagan peoples of China, Japan and the United States. At the epicenter of this vast but benevolent explosion are David Beckham and the club he joined in 2003, Real Madrid.

Love David Beckham or hate him, no sportsman in the world provokes more widespread fascination than the Londoner with the film-star looks. No sports team anywhere exudes more glamour, has won more competitions or boasted more superstar talent than Real Madrid. White Angels narrates the inside story of Beckham’s transfer to Real, the machinations and intrigue behind the deal. It exhaustively details Beckham’s first year at Real, and how he fared on the field and tells how the fusion of the two created the most profitable club in world sport. John Carlin has had unique access to the Real Madrid team, travelling with them on the team plane, staying with them in hotels around the world and conducting interviews with such global celebrities as Ronaldo, Raúl, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and Zinedine Zidane -- as well as with Beckham himself and the club’s charismatic president, Florentino Pérez.


Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph

Simon Kuper, Financial Times

"White Angels is strong on detail and impeccably written"

"The pick of the bunch"
The Times

"In this entertaining account of David Beckham's first year at Real Madrid, Carlin examines football at its most thrilling and most crassly commercial."

"John Carlin's passionate chronicle of the team's 2003-04 season... Carlin gleefully explores the phenomenon via enviable access to the team"
The Washington Post:

"..an amazing new book…a series of fascinating revelations about the biggest club in the world.’"
The Straits Times (Singapore)

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