Sociedad Deportiva Eibar is the Basque side from a town one-third the size of the Camp Nou, but with as much passion for football as anywhere in the world. Eibar the Brave tells the amazing Cinderella story of La Liga’s smallest club, which has seen Barcelona and Real Madrid playing top-tier football at Ipurua, the 5,000 capacity stadium that Eibar calls home.

 

Euan McTear of the Glasgow Guardian happened across the rise of Eibar during a year in Spain following Barcelona. He was oon caught up in the amazing tale of this wildly unorthodox, tiny yet highly successful club.

 

Eibar The Brave: The Extraordinary Rise of La Liga's Smallest Team is perhaps the greatest giantkiller story ever told in European football. Featuring a foreword from Eibar president Álex Aranzábal, the book contains...

  • A visit to the key matches on the road to promotion, from Gaizka Garitano's first match, which took place in front of just 200 people, to the greatest night in Eibar's history.
  • The saga of Eibar's share issue which culminated with the club's oldest fan, Luis María Cendoya, purchasing the last share.
  • Detailed discussion – with those tasked with managing it – of what makes Eibar's financial model the most respected in Spain.
  • A look at the club's most loyal staff, from the kitman who started out in 1969 to the part-time-butcher-part-time-goalkeeper who turned down offer after offer from bigger clubs.
  • The tale of the club's founding from the ashes of a town destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
  • Blow-by-blow accounts of the most important games of 2014/15, from the euphoria of an opening day derby win to Deportivo La Coruña's cruel final day comeback which sunk Eibar hearts.
  • A discussion with Guillem Balague of Eibar's tactical approach in La Liga.
  • The reason why Sepp Blatter's resignation may have dramatically altered Eibar's future.
  • And, of course, the views of those for whom Eibar matters most - the Eibar fans, such as official fan group presidents Joseba Combarro, Unai Eraso and John Sager.

 

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