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The Beautiful Team: In Search of Pele and the 1970 Brazilians [Hardcover]

Garry Jenkins
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4 May 1998
Takes a look at the Brazilian World Cup team of 1970, which beat Italy 4-1 in the final and is often regarded as the best national football team ever. The text features interviews with surviving members.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684819554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684819556
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In hindsight it seems natural that (they) should have arrived in our living room the year after the first moon landing. They were, after Apollo11, the second great event of the new telecultural age."

Garry Jenkins journey in search of Pelé and the 1970 Brazilians began when he was a 12 year old, living in a small village in West Wales, and dazzled by the images on his television.

The Mexico World Cup was the first to be widely broadcast in colour and multi-racial Brazil, brilliant in gold and blue against the bleached turf, embraced the new palette as if it had been created for them.

World Cup winners define successive epochs in the game and the way it is won. The casual brilliance of the Brazilians was the fullest expression to date of everything that is beautiful about the sport.

Jenkins meets the surviving titans and finds unexpected answers to the questions of how they came to play the way they did and why the world has waited in vain for the Brazilians to show us again the summits that can be reached by 11 men and a football.

Following their progress from ignominious defeat in the 1966 tournament to the legendary dismissal of Italy and the rest of the world four years later, Jenkins vividly recreates the games themselves, but it is the stories from off the pitch that make this a uniquely entertaining portrait.

This thoughtfully crafted work is infinitely richer than the usual, breathless homages to the team. A definitive tribute to the definitive 11. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Garry Jenkins is author of four other bestselling books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice trip down memory lane. 20 Feb 2002
By Hugh Jenkins VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Wonderful trip down memory lane for anyone who was around during World Cup 70. The flare and exhuberance of that Brazilian Team obviously had a huge impact on the author, as it did on the world. He unashamedly shares his joy in meeting the players from that team to compile this book, and it's particularly interesting to see the diversity of paths that the players have taken in subsequent years. If I have one criticism it was the author's complaining of Jairzinho's non-contribution to the book. Jairzinho wanted to be paid to contribute to what he saw as a commercial enterprise, and one has to assume that this book's production wasn't a work of charity by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very informative - good review of team 25 April 2000
Format:Hardcover
Very nice review of the accounts leading up to the game and during the game - went off the subject just a little too much - but great insight on the players post careers - Garry - Id like to talk to you about a deal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brazil 1970 12 Nov 2011
By Ashy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent book - revealing and poignant, and the author has put his heart and soul into the project. It was great to learn more about the finest football team I've ever seen.
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superb piece of writing which as well as been entertaining, gives an insight into the paradox which is brazilian football....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pele 8 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book arrived promptly and is a present for my bloke who is mad about football. It is in good condition and i would recommend for the money.
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