¡Golazo!: A History of Latin American Football Paperback – 6 Aug 2015
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Perfection, pride, politics and punch-ups. The South American way of football has never been more readable. (John Crace Guardian)
Extraordinarily ambitious. (Jonathan Wilson New Statesman)
A compelling account of how football became a force in Latin America with an impact far beyond the pitch, helping forge national identity and fuelling regional rivalries. (Chris Maume Independent)
Campomar effectively brings out the colour and passion for the game, its evocative language, its artistic power and its sometimes-martial ugliness . . . Fine, scintillating history. (Kirkus)
This year's World Cup has inspired a number of notable books, among them ¡Golazo! by Andreas Campomar. (Richard Williams Guardian)
Absorbing and entertaining. (Literary Review)
Lively history . . . Perfectly timed. (Sport)
Gripping social history. (Daily Telegraph)
¡Golazo! is a timely, intelligent and entertaining account of the development of football in Latin America . . . this is a readable and incisive history, a "serious" football book . . . the main strength of ¡Golazo! lies in the way its perspective extends to the politics - real and mythologised - that lie beyond the sport. (Jimmy Burns Tablet)
A fascinating read. (Sunday Mirror)
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The book delivers a run down of the history of the game in South America and now it has evolved since the days when it was introduced by the Europeans. Throwing off the collective ideals and letting individual talent shine through. The majority of the book spends time looking at the birth and growth of the game rather than the here and now. Personally I don't have a problem with this approach and it was great to see that Messi was hardly given a mention. The same could be said of Maradonna and Pele. Thankfully Campomar doesn't spend much time going over the careers of individual players such as those mentioned, it's all been done plenty of times before.
However the book is not without minor flaws. A majority of the book is given over to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Obviously the former are bitter rivals divided by the River Plate which brings its own history into play. The rest of the Latin American teams feature here and there but not as extensively as the big three. And I would have liked to have seen more time dedicated to club football rather than the national sides.