The story of how a group of Spaniards came to Swansea and challenged, with remarkable success, the conventions of British football. Foreword by Roberto Martinez During the 2002-03 season, Swansea City FC was at the very bottom of the English leagues. The club occupied the last position of the four professional categories. The financial situation was also desperate and the club was on the ropes. Salvation came in the form of a new philosophy, the team began to play possession based football, influenced by the acquisition of Spanish players. Football is a results business, but I don't believe the result can ever make your style of play irrelevant. To me it is important that the route to the result is attractive, writes Roberto Martinez, the architect of much of the new style of play. The beginning was t easy the whole squad had to adapt and commit themselves to playing the new Swansea way. Guillermo Bauza, ather of the Spaniards who proudly wore the Swansea shirt, remembers that the fans were cautious of the new style and it was t readily accepted in some quarters: When the fans watch a typical English football match, they kw what to expect, they kw when to cheer the team on. But with so many passes they became disoriented. The fans, the Jack Army, also have a starring role in this story. They stubbornly dug their heels in and finally wrested control of the team from the hands of a tycoon who seemed hell bent on the team's destruction. It is partly through their dedication that Swansea is considered an example of a well-run club with harmony between fans, players and managers. Together they pulled this Welsh team from the catacombs of English football to be crowned kings at Wembley with their stunning conquest of the League Cup in 2013. This book includes a foreword by Roberto Martinez and the diary Angel Rangel wrote during the Swans first year in the Premier League.
Pablo Gomez (1980) is a spanish journalist. Since 2003 he has worked for Agencia EFE in Madrid (EFE is the leading Spanish language news agency and the fourth largest news agency in the world). He also collaborates with several spanish radio stations and websites. He is @pablog_ and @libroloscisnes on twitter. Los Cisnes ( Spanish Swans ) is his first book. His interest in Swansea City FC started in 2007 when Roberto Martinez became Swans manager and has increased with each new spanish players arrival. He travelled to Wales in 2013 and interviewed more than 30 people before writing the book. Roberto Martinez is the prologue's author and Angel Rangel, the spanish player who has played the most matches for Swansea City, includes his diary of the Swans first Premier League season.