- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Auflage: 1 (Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1582342504
- ISBN-13: 978-1582342504
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,3 x 4 x 25,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.028.096 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Futebol (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Mai 2002
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Futebol is sub-titled "The Brazilian Way of Life", and if any sport can truly be deemed to be such a thing for any country on the planet, then surely the sport must be football, and the country Brazil. Alex Bellos's study of football in Brazil, its history, its players, supporters and legends, works from the standpoint that Brazilian football is one the modern wonders of the world, "the beautiful game" being an art form in itself and a universally recognised trademark and brand. From such a view, he is able to entertain the reader not only with stories about great players and matches well known by the followers of world football, but also about the unique position of the game in the world's fifth largest country. Thus featured here are not only tales of Garrincha, Socrates and Ronaldo, of Flamengo and Fluminense, but also of football amongst the Indians of the Amazon, Brazilian footballers in the Faroe Islands and the story of the design (and designer) of the famous golden yellow Brazilian shirt, perhaps the most instantly recognisable icon in football anywhere. Where other books investigating the footballing culture of one country might have a more straightforward story to tell, Bellos uses this more eclectic approach. While the subjects of his observations are linked by the common threads of football and Brazil, he still captures magnificently the beauty, passion and the occasional absurdity of the world game in the world's number one footballing nation. --Trevor Crowe
“Compelling, alternately funny and dark...Bellos offers a cast of charachters as colorful as a Carnival parade.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Full of cheeky exuberance...an irresistible blend of many things at once.” ―Time Out New York
“Bellos is an astute reported who writes clean, sparkling prose...he has produced a rich and enjoyable book.” ―Chicago Tribune
“This book is the best way to explore this eccentric culturally verdant country.” ―ForbesAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Mr. Bellos paints an interesting portrait, and interviewed hundreds of people for this book. Famous players, priests, soothsayers, a superfan, presidents of local teams, coaches, and everyday Brazilians whose lives are defined by soccer. He even ventured to the obscure Faroe Islands of the frigid North Atlantic to meet with a few of the "Brazilian Foreign Legion" that plys their trade in far off lands. His recounting of the story of Mane' Garrincha, a tragic Brazilian legend, was captivating. As was his interview with Socrates, a famous player and social activist from the great 1982 Brazilian National Team. Of course, no book about Brazilian football could exempt a story about Pele'. His descriptions and historical context about the Amazon region were very intriguing, along with the "Big Zero" marker between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Mr. Bellos is a reporter who is not afraid to get his feet wet. Both figuratively and literally. :-)
This book contains more than the theme of soccer. Mr. Bellos describes the social inequalities of Brazil, its unique culture, governmental apparatus, and many local vignettes that make this a very educational read. If you have a passion for futebol brasileiro, you will enjoy this book. Even if you are not a soccer fan, this book will educate you about a country that is defined by its national sport, but has much more to offer to the world.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this excellent book.
I especially enjoyed the chapters on Garrincha and the 'Pelada' in Manaus. In addition, the sense of humor that the author has is funny, and provides great insight into Brazilian life.
In short, highly recommended.