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4.3 out of 5 stars

on 20 August 2017
This is a football book with a difference, written by one of Uruguay’s great authors. Galeano was a fanatical soccer fan and delivers here an outstanding exploration of the game. He achieves this through concise description spread across more than 200 short chapters, covering great players, matches and events. In these little cameos he never leaves the simple beauty of the game, but also leads the reader to think just a little more broadly, to put football as part of life, drawing out human experiences in the way a great no.10 might draw and then open a seemingly sealed defence.
Given his origins, the book has an understandable Latin American slant and on occasion there are surely some errors (I don’t think Greaves missed the 1966 World Cup final as a cause of jaundice). In addition, the sometimes clumsy football descriptions suggest translation from the Spanish was not done by someone who knows football. Notwithstanding these small caveats if you are looking for a different way to view football then the book is an outstanding read. Galeano describes himself as a “beggar for good soccer” travelling to stadiums and pleading “A pretty move, for the love of God”. Galeano’s book encourages us to look for what he saw. It is worth the search.
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VINE VOICEon 14 November 2015
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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on 22 September 2017
A very interesting / enjoyable read
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on 22 May 2015
Funny and well aimed short pieces on every aspect of the game, the players and what else was happening during football's most memorable moments.
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on 10 September 2016
very informative. excellent
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on 31 May 2015
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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on 30 October 2015
fabuloso y fantastico
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on 26 October 2015
Brilliant, not for the light hearted fan. A book for true football lovers!
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on 19 October 2015
A great book for all football lovers.
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on 17 July 2014
Fascinating, well informed,whimsical and poetic.
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