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Football in life
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.