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3.0 out of 5 stars Great on Paper... But Doesn't Always Deliver..., 17 Aug. 2002
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This review is from: Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life (Paperback)
Much like the country's national futebol team, this book looks great on paper. Also, like the team, it often doesn't entirely produce the high standards expected. Yeah, in places the writing is interesting and the insights are without doubt fresh, but after a while you get tired of reading about cars playing football and the Ronaldo trial, and instead want a few more chapters like the one Socrates and other greats.
There is a very good chapter very early on covering the progress of a selection of Brazilians who had moved to Norway to ply their football trade. The problem is that this chapter and the Socrates chapter are the best parts of the book and the content in between is somewhere between slightly interesting and tedious. You could say that it is not a million miles away from having Cafu and Roberto Carlos on the flanks and Mirandinha playing through the middle.
This book could be your cup of tea if you're interested to learn about Brazilian culture (from most perspectives). However, if you're looking to read a book on the best footballing nation in the world and read tales about the greats, this is not the one to go for.
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