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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group; Revised, Updated ed. edition (22 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568584946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568584942
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Publishers Weekly"
"A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from others...Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids."

"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
"This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book... On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts.... A welcome update of a classic--Galeano's gift to the game he loves."

"Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED*"
"On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts. A welcome update of a classic--Galeano's gift to the game he loves"

"A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from others...Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids."
"Publishers Weekly"

"This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book... On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts.... A welcome update of a classic--Galeano's gift to the game he loves."
"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Since its first publication in 1995 (as "Football in Sun and Shadow"), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, "A pretty move, for the love of God," has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here... Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections."
Booklist, (starred review)


"Between poetic descriptions of scores by famous players, Galeano provides political context and commentary... over all, the book is a winning celebration of the beautiful game."
"New York Times" Book Review

"A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from others...Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids."
"Publishers Weekly"

"This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book... On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts.... A welcome update of a classic--Galeano's gift to the game he loves."
"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Since its first publication in 1995 (as "Football in Sun and Shadow"), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, "A pretty move, for the love of God," has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here... Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections."
Booklist, (starred review)

Named one of the "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time" by "Sports Illustrated"
""Soccer in Sun and Shadow" is the most lyrical sports book ever written... In soccer, Galeano finds both a reflection and extension of everything he loves and finds maddening about the part of the world that has been the central focus of his writing for decades."
Dave Zirin
"Between poetic descriptions of scores by famous players, Galeano provides political context and commentary... over all, the book is a winning celebration of the beautiful game."
"New York Times" Book Review
"A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from others...Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids."
"Publishers Weekly"
"This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book... On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts.... A welcome update of a classic--Galeano's gift to the game he loves."
"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"Since its first publication in 1995 (as "Football in Sun and Shadow"), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, "A pretty move, for the love of God," has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here... Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections."
Booklist, (starred review)
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Named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by "Sports Illustrated"
""Soccer in Sun and Shadow" is the most lyrical sports book ever written... In soccer, Galeano finds both a reflection and extension of everything he loves and finds maddening about the part of the world that has been the central focus of his writing for decades."
Dave Zirin
"Between poetic descriptions of scores by famous players, Galeano provides political context and commentary... over all, the book is a winning celebration of the beautiful game."
"New York Times" Book Review
A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from othersGaleano s Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he s seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer s spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids.
"Publishers Weekly"
This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts. A welcome update of a classicGaleano s gift to the game he loves.
"Kirkus Reviews"(starred review)
"Since its first publication in 1995 (as "Football in Sun and Shadow"), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, "A pretty move, for the love of God," has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here... Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections."
Booklist, (starred review)
It s all here. Everything you should know about soccer, the world s game. "Los Angeles Times"
Stands out like Pele on a field of second-stringers. "New Yorker"
[A] beautiful ode to the beautiful game Grant Wahl, "Sports Illustrated"
"The Pele of [soccer] writing....a marvelous book." Richard Williams, "The Guardian"
"A handful of [soccer] books defy categorization, none more so than Soccer in Sun and Shadow... Like many Latin American soccer writers, Mr. Galeano traces the game's mist-shrouded origins to bloody Aztec ballgames (tlatchti), cosmic rituals that concluded by sacrificing the winning warriors to the gods. (Nowadays the victors instead become ESPN commentators.)" -Reed Johnson, "Wall Street Journal"
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About the Author

Eduardo Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. He is the author of the three-volume Memory of Fire; Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; The Book of Embraces; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices in Time. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. He is recipient of many international prizes, including the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Casa de las Americas Prize, and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur.


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Format: Paperback
Unlike the effort that is Joe McGinnis' self-obsessed "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro", this book is written by a true poet, and a true fan, not at least. Galeano shows us the highs, the lows, the pain, the joy, the frustration, the elevation and the emotional merry-go-round that is the life of the supporter, seen from the eyes of the working-class South American supporter. Even if I am a European, the sentiments are so easy to recognise - the book itself a joy to read. This one's a football classic.
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It's poetry and history all in one. It's an easy read, in that no chapter is longer than three pages, and each word is weighted for the maximum effect. The book takes you the reader, from the game as how the English designed it, to how the Brazilians turned it from rote and rules to sheer poetry. I do like the fact that the book doesn't shy away from the shadows of corruption that runs through the game. It's a book that can be savoured in bites, or swallowed in its entirety.
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Format: Hardcover
Eduardo Galeano has created the ultimate "soccer" book: perfect for both the well versed fan and the reader who knows little about "the beautiful game". The secret is the way that Galeano conveys his deep passion for the sport through short, well crafted stories and reflections.
Along the way, we learn not only about "futbol", but about how the game fits into the tapestry of life throughout the majority of the rest of the world. Simply Brilliant!
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This book belongs in that pantheon, alongside the likes of The Sweet Science (Boxing) and Don't Die With The Music In You (Rugby League), of the best sports books ever written. A wonderful, whimsical wander through a history of the beautiful game.
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Definitely for those who have a love for soccer, this little book is a delightful collection of ruminations and rememberances of the game's life, philosophy and spirituality. The story of the referee whose mother died before the game, or Moacyr Barbosa's life long sentence for being scored against in the 1950 World Cup surpass even poignancy to leave no doubt that they must be true. A book to be savored over and over.
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Media coverage of the World Cup makes it clear once again: when it comes to soccer, many Americans just don't get it. This little book could be the key for those who would like to figure out what makes for all the passion and excitement. Galeano writes about soccer with passion, with poetry, and with sensitivity to social realities (particularly in Latin America). His short vignettes describe players, matches, specific plays, the evolution of the game. They comment on the current style of play (he doesn't like it much) and on the glories of the past. He is particularly good at showing how deep the soccer passion runs in Latin American culture.
The ideal edition of this book would have an accompanying video with clips of at least some of the moments Galeano describes. Failing that, however, the book itself makes magic with words to describe the "beautiful game". Galeano's politics come through also, and they only help to give the right sort of "local color" to the text. The translation is very well done, so that one hardly ever wonders how much better things might have been said in the original.
All in all, a great little book!
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Format: Hardcover
Uraguayan, Galeano presents over a hundred short essays on subjects as broad as The Origins of the Game to beautiful descriptions of isolated events such as Archie Gemmill's 1978 World Cup goal.
All football ledgends are here as well as particular events that may have just caught Galeano's imagination. Poetry almost, rather than writing - a round of applause to translator Mark Fried.
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A treasured collection of one to three or four page essays examining the history and passion of what everyone else calls football.
A tad cynical about the modern game (but you will laugh), a tad nostaglic (but you will sigh warmly).
This book made a three hour layover in London "fly" by.
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