Soccer in Sun and Shadow

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Verso, 1999 - Soccer - 240 pages
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The passion and the glory of the beautiful game, captured on the eve of the World Cup. From the origins of soccer to the World Cup played in the US in 1994, one of Latin America's most fluent and widely read commentators captures the enduring appeal of the world's greatest game. Eduardo Galeano seeks out the mystical and the bewitched, the romance and the emotional destitution experienced by players and fans the world round. Here is a story of love and death: of the suicide of Abdon Porte, who shot himself in the center circle of the National Stadium; of the Argentine manager who wouldn't let his team eat chicken because it would bring bad luck; of the Russian goalkeeper who prepared his min and soothed his nerves with a cigarette and a dash of vodka before each game. Published in the run-up to the 1998 World Cup, this is the glory of soccer in all its international hues, with its multilingual cries of despair, victory and passion. No one who has ever played in or cheered on a soccer side will want to miss this book.

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User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

Read this while watching the 2014 World Cup, and I absolutely loved it. Equal parts sports history, fan memoir & myth making, the Uruguayan Galeano writes beautiful prose about the most defining ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads

Galeano's wonderful commentary on the history of soccer was clearly written by a lover of the game. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Eduardo Galeano is also the author of Open Veins of Latin America, Days and Nights of Love and War, The Book of Embraces, We Say No, and other works. He is a regular contributor to The Nation. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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