Futebol : The Brazilian Way of Life - Updated Edition

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The Brazilian football team is one of the wonders of the modern world and legendary names like Pele, Garrincha and Ronaldo inspire awe in football-lovers everywhere. But in Latin America's largest country, football also symbolises racial harmony, the madness of love and the flamboyance of youth - it's a sport that expresses the identity of a nation.

This edition of a book that is now a modern classic, updated to coincide with the 2014 World Cup, explores what makes Brazil the `football country' it is. From the Amazonian jungle to the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Alex Bellos weaves a golden-yellow tapestry of stories of great names, great teams and great matches. Mixing fact with local legend, history and myth, in Futebol he uncovers what makes football the Brazilian way of life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 419.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 x 12 page colour plates
  • 1408854163
  • 9781408854167
  • 381,582

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A thrilling picture of Brazilian society and its football which neatly combines reportage with sporting analysis * Observer * Magnificent ... Bellos has managed to perfectly capture the chaos and corruption and the romance and obsession and the feeling of what it's like to live in a genuinely football-obsessed nation * FourFourTwo * Hugely entertaining ... Required reading for anyone who intends to visit Brazil * New Statesman * An affectionate and shrewd account of the game ... Full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular culture; its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity * Guardian * A hugely enjoyable account of a nation obsessed with football * The Times * Bellos unearths some wonderful stories and tells them with humour, warmth and humanity. * Jon Culley, The Sports Bookshelf *
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About Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro, where he was the paper's foreign correspondent. In 2006 he ghostwrote Pele's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller, and he is also the author of the bestselling Alex's Adventures in Numberland.

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