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5.0 out of 5 stars An odyssey through Brazil and its football
Much more than just a book about Brazilian football, and much more interesting than a book just about Brazilian culture, this wide-ranging work takes the reader right into the heart of the spiritual homeland of what Pele may or may not have called 'the beautiful game'.
From the sweltering depths of the Amazon to the barren wastes of the Faeroe Islands, Bellos takes...
Published on 3 May 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and well-researched, but in need of editing
This is an entertaining and well-researched book, although at over 400 pages it could do with a bit of editing. It's not so much a book about Brazilian football, but one about the Brazilian obsession with football. As such, it's more about Brazilian history, culture, society, politics and national identity, and the relationship of football with Brazil's other obsession -...
Published on 17 Dec 2002


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3.0 out of 5 stars Bits of it were good, bits of it were soso, 11 Feb 2007
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I like football and I like Brazil, but somehow this book fell through the cracks. It was interesting to get what is an in-depth and knowledgable view of a fascinating country, but what struck me most throughout was the abject poverty of the clubs, the fans, and society, and the endemic corruption which looks to continue (despite what the author suggests towards the end) ad nauseum. All this talk of 'party atmospheres' and 'happy go lucky' supporters makes me wonder whether the critics read the book properly!

Bellos writes well, but some bits are better than others - my favourite bit was on the big boss of Vasco and any focus on club football. Some bits were a bit naff (cars), some pointless (faroes) and some missed opportunties (Socrates interview).

All in all, could have been better, and bit darker, because after all, that seems to be the way it is over there....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Potrait of Brazilian Soccer and Society, 6 May 2002
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This review is from: Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life (Paperback)
Anyone curious about Brazil in general should read this book. Although I am interested in Brazilian soccer , I also found this book interesting because it cleverly uses soccer as a context to explore and explain Brazilian society. For example, the excellent chapter on Garrincha ( probably the greatest Brazilian player ever)goes beyond his feats on the playing field to uncover his tragic life, with which many poor Brazilians closley identify. In the chapter on the president of one of the big socer clubs in Brazil, the profile of Eurico Miranda goes a long way to explain the corrupt and chaotic status of Brazilian domestic soccer. Bellos also gives a good account of the entertaining and revealing governmental inquiries which were held following the mysterious World Cup final in France.
I read this book in two days; it is an entertaining read because it is basically a collection of lucid, perceptive and amusing stories about Brazilan football in its widest form. I also felt that I learnt something more profound about Brazilain society at the same time
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brazilian obsession with football, 18 July 2014
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Alex Bellos takes a very good look at the Brazilian obsession with football. A must read for anyone interested in how the game has been shaped by culture, politics, religion and more in that country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of fun, 27 Aug 2002
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I really like this book. It summarizes not only Brazilian football but also Brazilian life. From making footballs, nicknames, clubs, football pitches, religious rituals, culture, food, girls & corruption. Now I understand why Brazil produces the best football players in the world. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAURO SHAMPOO - A Living Legend, 24 Mar 2003
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Armed with this fantastic book I set out to find the legendary Mauro Shampoo - proud to be captain of Brazil's, if not the world's, worst football team. We tracked him down to his hair salon in Recife and he was ecstatic to find that two eagre (if somewhat misguided) Scotsmen had taken the time to speak to him about his contribution to Bellos' Futebol. He introduced us to his kids, Comb, Hairbrush and Conditioner and even offered to cut our hair kitted out in our favourite Brazilian football outfit (we kindly refused).
We left our (only) copy of the book with him and waved us on our way. Happy days indeed.
Here's to you Mauro - may your perms be plentiful and goals abundant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Aug 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars brazil football, 27 Nov 2009
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i enjoyed the early part of the book, but it began to descend into non-footie territory.
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