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Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life Paperback – 6 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition, First Impression edition (6 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074755403X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747554035
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,413,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Futebol is sub-titled "The Brazilian Way of Life", and if any sport can truly be deemed to be such a thing for any country on the planet, then surely the sport must be football, and the country Brazil. Alex Bellos's study of football in Brazil, its history, its players, supporters and legends, works from the standpoint that Brazilian football is one the modern wonders of the world, "the beautiful game" being an art form in itself and a universally recognised trademark and brand. From such a view, he is able to entertain the reader not only with stories about great players and matches well known by the followers of world football, but also about the unique position of the game in the world's fifth largest country. Thus featured here are not only tales of Garrincha, Socrates and Ronaldo, of Flamengo and Fluminense, but also of football amongst the Indians of the Amazon, Brazilian footballers in the Faroe Islands and the story of the design (and designer) of the famous golden yellow Brazilian shirt, perhaps the most instantly recognisable icon in football anywhere. Where other books investigating the footballing culture of one country might have a more straightforward story to tell, Bellos uses this more eclectic approach. While the subjects of his observations are linked by the common threads of football and Brazil, he still captures magnificently the beauty, passion and the occasional absurdity of the world game in the world's number one footballing nation. --Trevor Crowe

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"A perfect reflection of [Brazil's] dissonant, multicoloured abundance" -- Independent Magazine

"A thrilling picture of Brazilian society and its football which neatly combines reportage with sporting analysis." -- The Observer, 7th July 2002

"As beguiling, as surprising and as many-faceted as Brazillian football itself' -- Richard Williams

"Bellos not only scores, but he arrives in the box at the end of a mazy, magical dribble though Brazilian history and society that is worthy of Garrincha." -- Independent Sports Book of the Week

"The Brazilian's team sparkle may have been tarnished, but 'Futebol - The Brazilain way of life' is as beguiling as a garrincha dribble." -- Jon Crampin, Four by Four

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