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5.0 out of 5 stars A must football bible.
It's not just the wonderfully interwoven snippets of world history that keep the reader glued to this book, or even the graceful, poignant, and musical prose that mesmerizes and transports you into the fascinating world of Galeano's view of football, it's more the sheer beauty of the facts, the myths, and the rich, short summaries of legends and moments in world football...
Published on 27 Jan 2005 by Kevin Byrne

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing.....
I thought this would be a great addition to my growing library of football-related books. I was quite disappointed, however, by the style and content. It is not really a 'history' of World Cup football, but rather a collection of anecdotes and 'quirky' stories from each World Cup tournament.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must football bible., 27 Jan 2005
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Kevin Byrne (Italy) - See all my reviews
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It's not just the wonderfully interwoven snippets of world history that keep the reader glued to this book, or even the graceful, poignant, and musical prose that mesmerizes and transports you into the fascinating world of Galeano's view of football, it's more the sheer beauty of the facts, the myths, and the rich, short summaries of legends and moments in world football that make this book a must for any lover of sport, and literature.
There's just about everyone in here (from the origins of the game to the mid nineties), organised chronologically in short chapters which are more like articles really. Some are half a page long such as "Greaves" ("...rather than run, he would explode..."), or two to three pages long like "Maradona" ("He played, he won, he peed, he lost.").
The brief stories presented here make this book a perfect read at any time: queues, buses, bed, and naturally, the loo!
I haven't seen the latest version and don't know if it includes contemporary football (after 1995), however, the book is brilliant for what it is (and for what was).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book on football by a Latin American author, 29 Mar 2001
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cphodgson59@hotmail.com (St Lucia, East Caribbean) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Football in Sun and Shadow: An Emotional History of World Cup Football (Paperback)
This is a splendid read. A brief history of football written by an acclaimed author who loves his sport. This book is made up of short sketches that chart football's major moments since its origins. Especially effective are the essays on the World Cup competitions since 1930, which allude to the world's events in other spheres besides sport. This helps place the game into an economic and political perspective with a delightful Latin American slant. Lovers of the game of football support their teams, both local and national, but Galeano is searching for a "pretty move" or "good football" from any player or team that can provide it. Such moments may be few and far between, but they keep us hooked. Anybody remembering Michael Owens goal for England against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup will empathise with Galeano. A gem of a book in which Galeano uses his considerable writing skills to exhibit his passion for football. A must read for fans of the "beautiful game".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Football in Sun and Shadow, 22 Jan 2006
This is the most beaustiful book on the beautiful game I have ever read. It is wonderfully translated, making the description of the players sound almost poetic. It is also facinating to read about both club and international football from a south american perspective. I find my self continually re-reading the short stand alone chapters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing....., 5 July 2012
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I thought this would be a great addition to my growing library of football-related books. I was quite disappointed, however, by the style and content. It is not really a 'history' of World Cup football, but rather a collection of anecdotes and 'quirky' stories from each World Cup tournament.
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