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The Short History of Futbol/Soccer in Latin America 4. September 2014
Von dwood78 - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
If you want to understand how & why soccer (or "futbol" as it is called in the Spanish speaking world) is very popular in Latin America, this is a book that you'll need to read.

It opens up with a history of the sport in South America, which was bought there via European immigrates in the late 1800s, as well as how the sport spread in popularity throughout the Americans & how it was used to unite the countries' people, much like baseball once did in the US. There's also mini-bios on some of the greatest soccer players from this region. The book also focus on the sports' impact on Latin countries (like Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, & Chile to name a few) on societal issues like politics, media, & race relations (the latter, in countries like Brazil & Honduras, this is a BIG issue). The final chapter is on the rise of women's soccer & the impact it has on the sport.

Overall I really enjoy reading this. The only real issue I have is the lack of any attention on Columbian soccer, which for a brief time in the late 1980s-mid-1990s, was one of the best national teams on Earth. Other than that, this is a great book on Latin America soccer. Even if you're not into the sport you'll still enjoy reading this.
More Than "More Than a Game" Look at Soccer in Latin America 15. Februar 2015
Von A. Ross - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The book by a history professor does a pretty good job of straddling the line between academic and popular history as it pokes around the history of soccer in Latin America. The seven chapters are loosely organized around the seven Latin American nations that qualified for the 2010 World Cup: Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Honduras, Mexico (Argentina and Brazil share a chapter, and the 7th chapter is about the state of women's soccer in Latin America). They are also more or less ordered so that they flow chronologically, allowing the reader to kind of get a sense of the game's development over time. These are further broken up by various "interlude" sections, and a number of "sidebar"-style profiles are particular players and personalities.

The book frames everything though the "narrative" lens. As the author writes in the introduction, "Narratives are the stories that we, as individuals or as part of a group, tell about ourselves and our past." He goes on to further explain how and why they are used, and the word sprouts up repeatedly throughout. However, this comes across more like an academic grasping for some level of legitimacy for a project that falls outside the bounds of typical academic writing. Ultimately, each chapter is a moderately interesting morsel about the history or social structure of a country, as seen through soccer.

My favorite chapter is the one about Honduras, which does a great job of answering some questions I didn't even realize I had about race in that country. Most of the other chapters focus more on politics and society, avoiding the lazy banalities of the sport being "more than a game" that these kinds of sports and society books sometimes fall into. A central historical theme that is more or less successfully carried through the book is showing how soccer and nationhood developed more or less in parallel throughout Latin America.

All in all, probably too academic for the average soccer fan, but I'd definitely recommend that people with a strong interest in one of the mentioned countries dip into that chapter and see if it grabs them.
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Thoroughly enjoyed it 11. August 2014
Von J. Milo - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book isn't just about soccer in Latin America. It is a well-researched study into the history and culture of the region over the past 120 years, and the role that the sport has played in it. For those who know the powerhouse nations, like Argentina, Brazil, or Uruguay, the stories will be familiar: Maradona, Pelé, Uruguay's 1950 victory in Maracanã. But there are wonderful lesser-known gems about race and politics in Honduras, political machinations in Chile in the 1970s, and the early days of women's soccer in the region a hundred years ago.

Fútbol is a pleasure to read. I unreservedly recommend it to anyone interested in the sport and/or the region.
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The author makes several interesting arguments, obviously based on ... 29. Oktober 2014
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The author makes several interesting arguments, obviously based on extensive research. Began slowly but quickly picks up pace. Recently finished GOLAZO and and I found this a nice compliment to that Volume. FUTBOL goes even deeper with separate histories on MEXICO and HONDURAS. I also learned that a century and a half ago some cultures embraced Baseball instead and Football took a long time to catch on. I liked this one
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