Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

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Bloomsbury, Jun 1, 2003 - Brazil - 416 pages
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The Brazilian football team at its best exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull. Football is how the world sees Brazil and Brazilians see themselves. The game symbolises racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill, and yet football is also a microcosm of Latin America's largest country and contains all of its contradictions. Travelling extensively from the Uruguayan border to the north-eastern backlands, from the coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to the Amazon jungle, the author, Alex Bellos, shows how Brazil changed football and how football shaped Brazil. Bellos tells the stories behind the great players, like Pele and Garrincha, between the great teams, like Corinthians and Vasco de Gama, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and pitches all over this country.

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Alex Bellos is the bestselling author of ;i Alex's Adventures in Numberland;/i , which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. He is the i Guardian's maths-blogger, and has worked for the paper in London and Rio de Janeiro as its unusually numerate foreign correspondent. He is a curator- in-residence at the Science Museum and has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He made the shortlist for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books with his title, Alex through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life.

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