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Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

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Since the 1950s, when Pelé first started playing, soccer has been how the world sees Brazil, but it is also how Brazilians see themselves. The essence of their game is one in which prodigious individual skills outshine team tactics, where dribbles and delicate 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, Brazilian soccer players are both athletes and artists. As Alex Bellos brilliantly reveals in his classic book, their game can symbolize racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation, and skill—in short, its a microcosm of the country itself.

Bellos, a veteran journalist and author whose star has continued to rise since Futebol was first published in 2002, revisits his search for what the great Brazilian striker Ronaldo has called the “true truth” of the Brazilian way of life. With an unerring eye for an illustrative story and a pitch-perfect ear for the voices of the people he meets, Bellos uncovers the nuanced role soccer has played in the history of Brazil and the lives of its people.

Updated and with a new chapter covering recent events in Brazil, this revised edition of Futebol is perfectly timed to coincide with the 2014 World Cup, as the world turns its rapt attention to Brazil and their Beautiful Game and the country once again becomes the capital of “the worlds game.”

About the Author

Alex Bellos has a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro. In 2002, he wrote the critically acclaimed original edition of Futebol and in 2006 ghostwrote Pelé's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781620402443
Author:
Bellos, Alex
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
So
Subject:
ccer
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
World History-South America
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2x 16pg color inserts
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25197 x 5.51181 in 1 lb

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