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¡Golazo!: A History of Latin American Football [Kindle Edition]

Andreas Campomar
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¡Golazo! recounts the story of Latin American football: the extravagantly talented players; pistol-toting referees; bloody coup d'états; breath-taking goals; invidious conspiracies; strikers with matinee idol looks and a taste for tango dancers; alcoholism; suicide and some of the most exhilarating teams ever to take the field.

But it is also gripping social history. Andreas Campomar shows how the sport that started as the eccentric pastime of a few ex-pat cricket players has become a defining force, the architect of national identity and a reflection of the region's soul. How can you hope to understand this tumultuous and disparate collection of young republics without first understanding the game that has become such a dominant presence in every corner of South American society?

Including not only the well-known heroes of 'the beautiful game' - Garrincha, Maradona, Pelé, Schiaffino, Di Stéfano, Sánchez and Messi - but also the numerous forgotten gems of Latin American football - 'The Black Chief', Obdulio Varela; Heleno de Freitas, the Brazilian who squandered his talent and died half-mad with syphilis; the unstoppable River Plate of La Máquina; El Ballet Azul, the Colombian team who were so lavishly gifted that they all but dispensed with defending and the indomitable Bolivian team of the early 1990s - ¡Golazo! is the extraordinary tale of how football came to define a continent.


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'Perfection, pride, politics and punch-ups. The South American way of football has never been more readable' John Crace, Guardian.

'Extraordinarily ambitious' Jonathan Wilson, New Statesman.

'A compelling account of how football became a force in Latin America with an impact far beyond the pitch, helping forge national identity and fuelling regional rivalries ... a huge story ... Campomar has done a deft job of marshalling the mass of detail' Chris Maume, Independent.

'[A] sweeping exploration of soccer intersecting with politics, history, economics and culture in forging a continent's passion' Steven Goff, The Washington Post.

'Campomar effectively brings out the colour and passion for the game, its evocative language, its artistic power and its sometimes-martial ugliness ... Fine, scintillating history' Kirkus.

'[Campomar] plaits together the stories of the game in Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Ecuador, as well as those of the World Cup-winning nations ... A Uruguayan perspective makes a pleasant change from the dominance of Brazil' Richard Williams, Guardian.

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¡Golazo! recounts the story of Latin American football: the extravagantly talented players; pistol-toting referees; bloody coup d'états; breathtaking goals; invidious conspiracies; strikers with matinee idol looks and a taste for tango dancers; alcoholism; suicide and some of the most exhilarating teams ever to take the field. It is also a gripping social history. Andreas Campomar shows how the sport that started as the eccentric pastime of a few expat cricket players has become a defining force, the architect of national identity and a reflection of the region's soul. How can you hope to understand this tumultuous and disparate collection of republics without first understanding the game that has become such a dominant presence in every corner of South American society? Including not only the well-known heroes of 'the beautiful game' - Garrincha, Maradona, Pelé, Schiaffino, Di Stéfano, Sócrates and Messi - but also the numerous forgotten gems of Latin American football - 'The Black Chief', Obdulio Varela; Heleno de Freitas, the Brazilian who squandered his talent and died half-mad with syphilis; the touring sides of Nacional, Boca and Colo-Colo that took Europe by storm in the 1920s; the unstoppable River Plate of La Máquina; El Ballet Azul, the Colombian team who were so lavishly gifted that they all but dispensed with defending; Omar Corbatt, El Loco, undisputed master of the nutmeg and author of 'the top most impossible move ever', and Bolivia's 'golden generation' of the early 1990s - ¡Golazo! is the extraordinary tale of how football came to define a continent.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19758 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVBJZPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect background reading for the World Cup 4 Jun. 2014
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A unique and fascinating account of the origins of football in Latin America - and how it affected everything in the continent, and still does. Perfect background reading for the World Cup.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A World according to Campomar 6 Aug. 2014
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The soccer World Cup is a certain triumph of few countries, a dream of many, and for long until mega bucks entered into the scheme the people's game was treated as an example of low culture, and a chance for the skilful poor sportsman to make something of himself to move up the class ladder.

Andreas Campomar's Golazo (Spanish for spectacular goal), a hefty 460 page account of the Latin American football, is in reality a history of the big three, the two rioplantese, Argentina and Uruguay, and Brazil, plus those adventurous nations which had their brief glory days (never Ecuador and Venezuela), barely mentioning the Central American states which have competed since 1993 in the Copa America.

The book kicks off from with the arrival of the first Anglo immigrants, establishing their own clubs and entertainment, especially cricket for their own community, with the locals finding enjoyment with the unfamiliar customs of the "mad" foreigners; it finds the continual prevalence of racism against "blacks", and the absence of a Pan-Latin American idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug. 2014
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