Futebol: The Brazillian Way of Life

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 7, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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The Brazilian soccer team is one of the modern wonders of the world. Its essence is a game in which prodigious individual skills outshine team tactics, where dribbles and flicks are preferred over physical challenges or long-distance passes, where technique has all the elements of dance and, indeed, is often described as such. At their best Brazilians are, we like to think, both athletes and artists. Soccer is how the world sees Brazil, but it is also how Brazilians see themselves. The game symbolizes racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation, and skill, and yet it is also a microcosm of the country itself, containing all of its contradictions.

Travelling extensively from Uruguay to the northeastern backlands, and from the coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to the Amazon jungle, Alex Bellos shows how Brazil changed soccer and how soccer shaped Brazil. He tells the stories behind the great players, like Pelé and Garrincha, the great teams, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and fields all over this vast country. With an unerring eye for a good story and a marvelous ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos uncovers what Ronaldo called the 'true truth' about Brazilian soccer.

Alex Bellos is a reporter for the Observer and the Guardian in Rio de Janeiro, where he has lived and worked for four years.

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Review: Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

User Review  - Nick Ford - Goodreads

This has to be the best book I have read all year. This is the best book for two reasons. The first reason is that it is all about soccer. The second reason is that it's about the Brazilian legends ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Showing it's age a little now but an interesting look at the history and culture of Brazil and it's futebol Makes the way football in this country is run look sensible! Read full review

About the author (2009)

Alex Bellos is a reporter for the Observer and the Guardian in Rio de Janeiro, where he has lived and worked for four years.

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