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Barra Brava - A backpacker's guide to Latin America and its football clubs [Kindle Edition]

Dave Freeman , Lucas Sampaio
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'A backpacker’s guide to Latin America and its football clubs.' A raw, booze-soaked account of 18 months living, working and travelling through Central and South America. Based around 67 football matches, it is a story of a British lad’s encounters with the barra brava, Latin America’s fanatical supporters. It also documents the modern Gringo Trail, from Mexico through Colombia to Argentina, covering 18 countries along the way. This humorous backpacker’s tale touches on the history, politics and social issues encountered in the places visited. From managing a hotel on a nudist beach on Christmas Day, to attempting to get Nicaragua’s socialists to admit they murdered their greatest sportsman, this is not your average holiday diary.

Also available in paperback. For more information and photos please visit: www.barrabravabook.com.

Highlights video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEkADDpa9co

Comments from Twitter:
@Mark_Salkeld - Absolutely class book, thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in football.
@dce8 - Just finished your book. What a journey.
@paulhill3 - Just finished your book, loved it!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Z8W2ZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.1 out of 5 stars
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jealous, envious, green with envy, emulous are just a few of adjectives that immediately sprung to my mind whilst reading this book. (That was just the mental image of all of those Colombian women!)

Fantastic account by Dave Freeman living any footballing hipster’s (that’s the much maligned term for those like me take an interest in not just English football) dream.

In the space of around 16 months the author manages to travel from the United States of America down to Brazil via stints in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua amongst many others. Whilst doing this he manages to attend a staggering 60 + football matches and chronicles not just his experiences at each match but also gives you a great flavour of the local culture in each country/city he visits.

Ranging from being in attendance to gay orgies in the hotel he works in, being held at knife point at a match in Colombia, trying to navigate customs entering Paraguay and most importantly spending time with the original Barra Bravas in Argentina this book is a must for any fan of Latin American football or those that like a bit more of an authentic footballing experience instead of the sanitised offerings English football currently has to offer.

The story about accidentally antagonising the exiting Barra Brava when posting with his England flag is a faux pas I can totally imagine doing myself!

I had often thought about learning Spanish or another foreign language (My C for GCSE French excluding) and this book has really give me the get up and go to start doing this, as I want to experience what Latin America has to offer and Dave’s book gives an insight about how much more rewarding a travel experience can be mixing it with the locals instead of just doing your typical gringo trail.

If I do make the trip then this book will certainly have been a big part of how I’ve got there!
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Jealous, envious, green with envy, emulous are just a few of adjectives that immediately sprung to my mind whilst reading this book. (That was just the mental image of all of those Colombian women!)

Fantastic account by Dave Freeman living any footballing hipster’s (that’s the much maligned term for those like me take an interest in not just English football) dream.

In the space of around 16 months the author manages to travel from the United States of America down to Brazil via stints in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua amongst many others. Whilst doing this he manages to attend a staggering 60 + football matches and chronicles not just his experiences at each match but also gives you a great flavour of the local culture in each country/city he visits.

Ranging from being in attendance to gay orgies in the hotel he works in, being held at knife point at a match in Colombia, trying to navigate customs entering Paraguay and most importantly spending time with the original Barra Bravas in Argentina this book is a must for any fan of Latin American football or those that like a bit more of an authentic footballing experience instead of the sanitised offerings English football currently has to offer.

The story about accidentally antagonising the exiting Barra Brava when posting with his England flag is a faux pas I can totally imagine doing myself!

I had often thought about learning Spanish or another foreign language (My C for GCSE French excluding) and this book has really give me the get up and go to start doing this, as I want to experience what Latin America has to offer and Dave’s book gives an insight about how much more rewarding a travel experience can be mixing it with the locals instead of just doing your typical gringo trail.

If I do make the trip then this book will certainly have been a big part of how I’ve got there!
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable book 14 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to be honest: when I chose this book as I'd thought that it would have talked mainly about Barra Bravas and their conflicts with the rest football. Instead, this is a different story and more pleasant. The football version of the “gringo trail” was a succession of cities, stadia and teams seen during his great trip around South America. The account has been satisfying, very detailed and with an in-depth view of the different ways of life of the nations visited. A good journey through South America football’s culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really well written and enjoyable book. 30 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author sells up and travels through the Americas for a year or more and writes about his time in each country and the football games he attends. He has a terrible habit of missing the start of games! As a regular traveler to Europe to catch games in major cities, this type of book and experience fascinates me. Buenos Aires here I come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra brava 4 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have a huge interest in travel and watching football.having done a huge number of European cities the travels to the Americas were right up my street. Oh to be young and single again and also having the guts to take on such a journey.a brilliant book of events and has sold me the Latin America football that a trip to the Argentine could be on the cards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a journey! 22 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Freeman's book shows Latin America through a different and unique point of view. He had quite a jouney visiting fantastic places, meeting great characters and watching some nice games. Reading his book made me wish I could quit my mundane life and go travelling around the world.
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