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Elite Squad (Tropa De Elite) [Blu-ray]
Elite Squad (Tropa De Elite) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Wagner Moura
Price: £9.47

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4.0 out of 5 stars BOP IT, 23 Jun. 2013
This is probably one of my favourite foreign films. Apparently 20 per cent of the Rio population have to live in slums named after a poisonous plant. Favella. You have the hard drug soldiers who live up to the age of 21. Unfortunate look outs who can get killed for failing their duties. The police are corrupt and want to get a cut, because wages are low. One officer did not have a holiday for years, but could if he paid for it by paying a fellow officer. The commanders runner always had his motorbike serviced to get pay offs from various businesses, but other police vehicles were constantly breaking down. Then there was a dead body, that got moved from precinct to precinct, because no one wanted to do the paperwork. The body ends up on the beach, so the naval police had to deal with it. That was hilarious, but sad. You have middle class junkies, who could do with a slap, because they do not help the situation. Some of them are studying law, yet feed the drug trade. Bope itself seems to be immune from corruption, but nevertheless defy human rights, through their interrogation techniques. From memory, the Bope cleared out the favella's, so that the vacuum ended up being in the control of the corrupt police. Hopefully Brazil has improved to some point. By the way, this film was released 3 months via pirate copying, before the official date of release, and proved to be very popular!

Englischer Fussball: A German View of Our Beautiful Game
Englischer Fussball: A German View of Our Beautiful Game
by Raphael Honigstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Moore's the point, 26 May 2013
Excellent way of looking at the English psyche. You would see the attitudes and beliefs of fellow Englishmen, when you look at our Football. The fact that there is a masochistic delight in sliding at Raphael in a game, where he ends up in hospital after a football game, shows the prowess of fellow footballer.

The idea that effort is most important, would explain why your left back was good at clearing the ball, like a John Smith's advert, but is basically rubbish, and yet gets praised, might go to explaining the ideal of effort against the odds.

Taking territory is a novel way of seeing the fact that getting a corner, is worth a handclap by the supporters. That war is somewhere deep down in our way of seeing the game. I am afraid it is substance well over style. Thankfully we are waking up from the 1966 syndrome.

Some inaccuracy regarding Robbie Williams being a Man Utd fan. Port Vale actually.

Loved the fashion, music and football part. Fashion admittedly is the cause for the type of manager you get as well as the wearing of an Armani suit at a Champions League Final.

Love our football or not, there still will be lots to talk of in future, and it will evolve, but still remain its purity. I hope!

A Cultured Left Foot: The Eleven Elements of Footballing Greatness
A Cultured Left Foot: The Eleven Elements of Footballing Greatness
by Musa Okwonga
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Components, 26 July 2011
What I would like to see is a team version, taking on board the mixture of these attributes with that structure from Manager to Player. However this book would reflect a lot of things sports fans are thinking, but goes further. Interesting to have Toughness, Guts and Madness in the middle. Possibly the Metal element being an overlap of all three. Could it be argued that to perform on the field, there had to be a preparation of the mind, which for some comes natural, Zidane or Maradona, and for others requires the force of the will? Some English Defenders being an example.

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