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You will probably be tempted to read this for the football matches rather than to revisit hackneyed backpacker stories. The first chapters lack punch and direction as 84 pages are misused to describe 14 matches over seven months. The writing does improve in the middle, most interesting, part of the book but there is a disappointing lack of focus on either the football (partly because he turns up late to most of the matches) or the fans themselves. The author embarks on a frantic rush around football grounds in Buenos Aires in the final chapters to gain more material for the book. His alacrity and increased concentration on the play itself do not really compensate for the rather shallow discussion.
You have to give the author some credit for his ballsy and, at times, foolish attempts to integrate with local fans. There is also a book to be written comparing fan cultures across Latin American countries. However, despite covering a commendable 67 matches, this travelogue, much like the fans themselves, provides more ambient noise than stirring dialogue.
Much better than most football based books that will be vying for your attention.
Fantastic account by Dave Freeman living any footballing hipster’s (that’s the much maligned term for those like me take an interest in not just English football) dream.
In the space of around 16 months the author manages to travel from the United States of America down to Brazil via stints in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua amongst many others. Whilst doing this he manages to attend a staggering 60 + football matches and chronicles not just his experiences at each match but also gives you a great flavour of the local culture in each country/city he visits.
Ranging from being in attendance to gay orgies in the hotel he works in, being held at knife point at a match in Colombia, trying to navigate customs entering Paraguay and most importantly spending time with the original Barra Bravas in Argentina this book is a must for any fan of Latin American football or those that like a bit more of an authentic footballing experience instead of the sanitised offerings English football currently has to offer.
The story about accidentally antagonising the exiting Barra Brava when posting with his England flag is a faux pas I can totally imagine doing myself!
I had often thought about learning Spanish or another foreign language (My C for GCSE French excluding) and this book has really give me the get up and go to start doing this, as I want to experience what Latin America has to offer and Dave’s book gives an insight about how much more rewarding a travel experience can be mixing it with the locals instead of just doing your typical gringo trail.
If I do make the trip then this book will certainly have been a big part of how I’ve got there!
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