Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life Alex Bellos Bloomsbury, £, pp In the arts of performance – in music and dance, ecstatic religion. Alex Bellos · Home · Writer · Broadcaster · Public Speaker · Bio · Contact. Navigation, Home · Writer · Broadcaster · Public Speaker · Bio · Contact. Alex is one of the few people who can talk about numbers without being My first book was Futebol: the Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil.
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Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life – Updated Edition: Alex Bellos: Bloomsbury Publishing
Bellos tells the stories behind the great players, like Pele and Garrincha, between the great teams, like Corinthians and Vasco de Gama, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and pitches all over this country.
Football is how the world sees Brazil and Brazilians see themselves. The game continues until the rising tide stops play. Paperbackpages.
Eric Ferrufino rated it did not zlex it Aug 09, The game symbolises racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill, and yet football is also a microcosm of Latin America’s largest country and contains all of its contradictions.
Brazilian football violence has other distinctive features. David Santos rated it did not like it Dec 06, All the be… https: Brazilians are mascots, symbolic links to a world where football has a magical significance – one where you don’t have fuebol brave frost and gale-force winds to play.
With an unerring eye for a good story and a marvellous ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos describes the startling range of football spinoffs found in Brazil; from Autoball, literally football with cars and a giant leather ball to Ecoball, played in the heart of the rainforest, from Button football and its highly regulated procedures organised by fearsome Buttonistas to the truly alarming Footbull yes with bulls.
This is a game that has not yet suffered the effects of professionalisation, or even industrialisation. One of them involves an endurance contest where solo contenders kick the ball repeatedly in the air for as long as possible.
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Futebol: The Brazillian Way of Life: Alex Bellos: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
There have been scandals, too, involving the sale to European clubs of underaged players with forged documents. The book is full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular culture, its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The record, nine hours and six minutes of uninterrupted ball play, is held by Ronaldo’s wife; it is a feat that cannot be ascribed to nepotism.
Other sporting events pale in comparison to a Brazilian football match. Finally, Qlex reports, in Amazonia there is futelama – mud football – played on the slithery mudflats that run along the banks of the river.
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Hi, I’m Alex Bellos. On the international scene Brazil’s star has been in decline since the World Cup in it was further eclipsed by defeat at the hands of Ecuador, a country with less than a fifteenth of Brazil’s population.
Bellos takes us to the Amazon, to Uruguay and to the Faroe Islands, where several Brazilian players have recently settled. Want to Read saving…. He tells the stories behind the great players, like Pele and Garrincha, between the great teams, like Corinthians and Vasco de Gama, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and pitches all over this vast country.
Jack rated it did not like it Dec 15, Even the names of players are a aled of wonderment to non-Brazilians. Books of the Week. The game symbolises racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill, and yet football is also a microcosm of Latin America’s largest country and contains all of its contradictions.
Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life
He treks beyond its borders, too, arriving amid the frigid isolation of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic to chart the progress of Brazilian footballers living there. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Topics Books The Gear.
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Bellos, a Rio-based correspondent for the U. Since I have lived in London, as a freelance bellls and broadcaster.
They futfbol on first-name terms with the whole world.
Futebol is an affectionate and shrewd account of the game as played both in Brazil and also in the global diaspora, where Brazilian players bring glamour and tropical credibility to clubs from the Arctic Circle to the Adriatic. Books by Alex Bellos.