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5.0 out of 5 stars About the joy of football, written by a true fan and poet
Unlike the effort that is Joe McGinnis' self-obsessed "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro", this book is written by a true poet, and a true fan, not at least. Galeano shows us the highs, the lows, the pain, the joy, the frustration, the elevation and the emotional merry-go-round that is the life of the supporter, seen from the eyes of the working-class South American...
Published on 12 Aug 2003 by Trygve Lie

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2.0 out of 5 stars pity, edition not up to date!
Pity, I wasn`t sent the most up to date edition !
but I received it in very short time, thanks
Published 18 months ago by Joao John Xerri


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the joy of football, written by a true fan and poet, 12 Aug 2003
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Trygve Lie (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
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Unlike the effort that is Joe McGinnis' self-obsessed "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro", this book is written by a true poet, and a true fan, not at least. Galeano shows us the highs, the lows, the pain, the joy, the frustration, the elevation and the emotional merry-go-round that is the life of the supporter, seen from the eyes of the working-class South American supporter. Even if I am a European, the sentiments are so easy to recognise - the book itself a joy to read. This one's a football classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight for the fantatic and the novice alike!!!, 31 Oct 1998
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Eduardo Galeano has created the ultimate "soccer" book: perfect for both the well versed fan and the reader who knows little about "the beautiful game". The secret is the way that Galeano conveys his deep passion for the sport through short, well crafted stories and reflections.
Along the way, we learn not only about "futbol", but about how the game fits into the tapestry of life throughout the majority of the rest of the world. Simply Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful paean to the game, 9 Aug 1998
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Definitely for those who have a love for soccer, this little book is a delightful collection of ruminations and rememberances of the game's life, philosophy and spirituality. The story of the referee whose mother died before the game, or Moacyr Barbosa's life long sentence for being scored against in the 1950 World Cup surpass even poignancy to leave no doubt that they must be true. A book to be savored over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, 29 July 1998
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If you were in France for June and July you will recognize the imperative "eat soccer, sleep soccer, drink Coca-Cola". What was left off was "and read this book !" If it doesn't stir you, call your HMO for a pulse check.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant, humorous and emotional look at Soccer, 4 July 1998
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A treasured collection of one to three or four page essays examining the history and passion of what everyone else calls football.
A tad cynical about the modern game (but you will laugh), a tad nostaglic (but you will sigh warmly).
This book made a three hour layover in London "fly" by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate, perceptive, and poetic introduction to soccer, 28 Jun 1998
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Media coverage of the World Cup makes it clear once again: when it comes to soccer, many Americans just don't get it. This little book could be the key for those who would like to figure out what makes for all the passion and excitement. Galeano writes about soccer with passion, with poetry, and with sensitivity to social realities (particularly in Latin America). His short vignettes describe players, matches, specific plays, the evolution of the game. They comment on the current style of play (he doesn't like it much) and on the glories of the past. He is particularly good at showing how deep the soccer passion runs in Latin American culture.
The ideal edition of this book would have an accompanying video with clips of at least some of the moments Galeano describes. Failing that, however, the book itself makes magic with words to describe the "beautiful game". Galeano's politics come through also, and they only help to give the right sort of "local color" to the text. The translation is very well done, so that one hardly ever wonders how much better things might have been said in the original.
All in all, a great little book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect example of the passion football can create, 18 Jun 1998
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Uraguayan, Galeano presents over a hundred short essays on subjects as broad as The Origins of the Game to beautiful descriptions of isolated events such as Archie Gemmill's 1978 World Cup goal.
All football ledgends are here as well as particular events that may have just caught Galeano's imagination. Poetry almost, rather than writing - a round of applause to translator Mark Fried.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pity, edition not up to date!, 10 Jan 2013
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Pity, I wasn`t sent the most up to date edition !
but I received it in very short time, thanks
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