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4.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent chapters but maybe a few too many, 8 Sep 2009
This review is from: Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life (Paperback)
Alex Bellos has written a book about Brazilian football with some very interesting chapters. Unfortunately there are a few chapters that might be described as filler.

There are great chapters about the not very glamorous lot of the Brazilian footballer in the Faroe Islands and the Brazil's obsession with the 1950 World Cup final loss to Uruguay. Bellos has done a lot of research and travelled extensively inside and outside Brazil for the book and the reader is rewarded by some gems of information and a few surprising revelations. The slightly manic atmosphere surrounding clubs and matches is well described.
Sometimes these excellent chapters are followed by entire chapters on nicknames, football related beauty pageants and various types of table football, which I found only slightly interesting. Could he have been under pressure to produce a book of a certain length and needed to fill it out a bit? Perhaps he was encouraged to write about as many "quirky" events and characters as possible to attract the not so serious reader? Maybe I'm just a football snob? In any case the book could have benefited from being three chapters shorter.

The author does get across his love of Brazil and of football. He also has the outsider's sense of bemusement in describing some aspects of the Brazilian obsession with "futebol". He also displays a reporters instinct as he questions dodgy club chairmen and explores the link between politics and football.

This is a well written book on an interesting subject but maybe there is too much padding to cut through to reach the gems.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2010 02:00:59 GMT
Tom Plum says:
Agreed, a few months ago, I was able to start it but not quite finish the book, it's on list of best football books, you know, not top 10 but maybe 20. It's a thick book.
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