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God is Brazilian: Charles Miller, The Man Who Brought Football To Brazil (100 Greats S.) [Hardcover]

Josh Lacey
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1 April 2005 100 Greats S.
In 1894, Charles Miller arrived in Brazil with a pair of boots, a book of rules and a football. When he reached Sao Paulo, he was shocked to discover that no-one knew how to play. So he marked out a pitch, gathered 20 young men, and divided them into two teams.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing; 1st edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752434144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752434148
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Josh Lacey is the author of several books for children including The Dragonsitter, The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper and the Grk books.

He worked as a journalist, a teacher and a screenwriter before writing his first book, A Dog Called Grk. There are now eight books in the Grk series, set in different countries around the world - from New York to Rio de Janeiro, India to Italy.

The Island of Thieves and The Sultan's Tigers follow the adventures of Tom Trelawney and his uncle, battling criminals and hunting for treasure.

The Dragonsitter, packed with wonderful illustrations by Garry Parsons, was shortlisted for the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. The story continues in The Dragonsitter Takes Off, The Dragonsitter's Castle and The Dragonsitter's Island.

Josh has written one book for adults, God is Brazilian, a biography of the man who introduced football to Brazil.

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About the Author

Josh Lacey was born in London and educated at Cambridge. He writes regularly for The Guardian and the TLS. He lives in London with his wife and a large dog. This is his first book.

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I ripped through this book as it was so interesting. Whenever I go to watch Southampton play at St. Mary's stadium, I pass a painting of Charles Miller, the subject of this book, on the bridge which spans the railway line adjacent. The caption underneath states that "Charles Miller took football to Brazil and the rest is history." This book is largely to do with this man who , although born in Brazil, was educated in Southampton where he developed an enthusiasm for the sport of football in the 1890's. Before returning to South America, be played several games for St. Mary's, the team who later evolved into Southampton FC as well as the "gentlemen amateurs", The Corinthians. This provides much of the interest for me , both as a supporter and someone with an interest in Victorian football.

I think that potential buyers need to be made aware of the way that the author has tackled his subject. Despite the picture of Pele on the cover, the book does not go this far forward in time and it is probably fair to say that a good 50% of the book does not cover football at all. Instead, Miller is put into context of how the provincial back-water of Sao Paulo eventually grew into one of the biggest cities on the planet. There is much about the involvement of the British community in the latter half of the 19th century who established commerce in San Paulo and eventually constructed the railway that opening the town up to the rest of the world. The evolution of football is seen in this context. Therefore, we learn about the various ex-pat teams who, inspired by the example of Charles Miller, took up the game and how the Brazilians became captivated but it and reinvented the sport in their own image. Towards the end of the book, we learn how misfortune overtook Miller and his rather sad demise.
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I had often wondered what was Charlie Millar's story and this book does not disappoint. Lacy captures the spirit and essence of Charlie Millar well - from his first vogage over to Southampton to his formative years spent at Banister Court playing football - most notably for St. Mary's of course! Millar's subsequent return to Brazil is a fascinating read.
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