Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

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Bloomsbury, 2002 - 407 pages
A passionate look at the history of the most popular sport - football - in the most romantic of countries - Brazil The Brazilian football team is one of the modern wonders of the world. At its best it exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull like nothing else on earth. Football is how the world sees Brazil and how 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 northeastern backlands, from the coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to the Amazon jungle -Bellos shows how Brazil changed football and how football shaped Brazil. He 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 vast country. With an unerring eye for a good story and a marvellous ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos describes the startling range of football spinoffs found in Brazil; from Autoball, literally football with cars and a giant leather ball to Ecoball, played in the heart of the rainforest, from Button football and its highly regulated procedures organised by fearsome Buttonistas to the truly alarming Footbull (yes with bulls).

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Being such a massive country, with so many diverse environments, I expected this book to be packed full of variety and lots of examples of ways that the beautiful game is beloved in the 'País Tropical ... Read full review

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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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