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Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 2014


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A gripping account of how football captured a nation (Telegraph)

A breezy, readable and nuanced primer to the centrality of football to Brazilian life (Jonathan Wilson New Statesman)

Compelling, lucidly written, and furnished with detail to spare (PA)

Futebol Nation isn't really about sport - it's a pimples-and-all portrait of the world's sixth largest country and the many ways it has succeeded in shooting itself in both feet (Irish Independent)

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David Goldblatt was born in London in 1965 and is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs and Bristol Rovers. He teaches sociology at Bristol University, reviews sports books for the TLS, and for some years wrote the Sporting Life column in Prospect magazine.


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Incredible Way to Get Ready for the World Cup 3 mai 2014
Par Crew96 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Football is life. That might has well been the title of David Goldblatt’s newest work, one that takes on the enormous task of explaining the Brazilian way of football. In Brazil football is a big part of life and politics and history, part of the social fabric of an emerging nation and future global anchor. It is an obsession that has taken the huge country by storm and it has been that way for years.

Goldblatt is one of the beautiful game’s greatest thinkers and writers, having compiled the iconic The Ball is Round in 2006. That book was a massive piece of work, almost 1000 pages in length, but one that detailed the true and comprehensive history of our game.

Now Goldblatt turns his attention to the wondrous footballing nation of Brazil in Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer just in time for the World Cup. Yes, World Cup titles are a dime a dozen this year, but this one is actually different.

It is completely exhaustive in detailing the history of football in Brazil. Like Spain, the country’s success on the pitch is not easily explained, but rather it is a long tale, a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. Politics, the military, protests, and social issues all play a part.

You’ll meet the greatest stars of the Brazilian game, from the one and only Pelé to the tragic character known as Garrincha. You will see how the domestic game has been tumultuous and how the national team has developed into a worldwide fan favorite.

Brazil is changing. It has become the de facto leader of South America off the pitch, developing industry and energy independence in a robust and growing economy. They are truly becoming a player on the world market in more ways than one. But one thing remains the same: football. The national team is always great and the domestic game produces great players and of course some shenanigans.

Hardcore supporters and casual fans will both get something from this book as will scholars, historians, and even sociologists. It is far-reaching in audience and just an incredible text overall.

This country and its people truly represent the sport of soccer, probably even more than England, where the modern game theoretically began. This book is a tribute to them and all that they bring, which puts the beauty in the beautiful game.
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A great book on Brazil's history through football. 3 juillet 2014
Par Mr Silent - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A very erudite and comprehensive account of the birth of Brazil as a nation, a society and a football powerhouse from the 1890s to the 2014 World Cup demonstrations. The author knows a lot about the sport but also discusses cultural, social, political and civil society aspects of football through several generations of Brazilians. If you want to understand Brazil, this is an essential read.
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A primer on Brazil, not to mention indispensable for understanding the country's football culture 29 juin 2014
Par Michael Czobit - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
David Goldblatt is very modest in his acknowledgements about the shortcomings of "Futebol Nation," but that doesn't take away from how useful and entertaining the book is about Brazilian football, culture and history. Highly recommended.
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more a Roberto Carlos banana kick just wide than a Pele bicycle kick goal 30 juin 2014
Par Brian Maitland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I liked the fact author David Goldblatt copped to the fact he was not fluent in Portuguese and therefore pointed out his book could never come close to fully capturing the hows and whys Brazil is a futebol nation. Given that he does a pretty good job even if I did not get why having art, books, movie and songs done about soccer made any nation all that more a football nation. I also thought he needed to fill us readers in way more on who these artists were and not just give such short shrift to so many.

Additionally, the soccer in this book is mainly about Brazil's national team in World Cup Finals. It barely touches on Brazil when it plays in the Copa America let alone its club teams playing in the Copa Libertadores. Despite, for example, mentioning Corinthians is Brazil's most popular club team and saying thousands of their fans cashed in their life savings just to fly to Japan to watch their beloved take the World Club Cup in 2012, he just never explains how Corinthians got such a fan base nor why watching on TV is not enough for so many of their fans in a tournament the rest of the world outside Latin America, pretty much ignores.

Putting aside these negatives, this book is a must-read right now. I found the facts about stadium building in the '70s was eerily foreshadowing the choices of venues and new stadium building for the 2014 World Cup Finals. You'll soon understand how Manaus who have no team at all in any of Brazil's pro leagues and how Fortaleza ended up hosting not only group matches but two in the knockout stages including a quarter-final despite being a minor player in Brazil soccer. Even in Brazil, Fortaleza's two clubs--Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube--are afterthoughts even with Ceará getting to a Copa do Brasil Cup Final in 2011.

Yet when you slice through it all, you're probably better off reading Alex Bellos's Futebol: The Brazilian Way Of Life to really learn about soccer in Brazil. Futebol Nation is only good for seeing what has gone on since Bellos's book came out in 2003. Warning also, Futebol Nation has way more on Brazilian politics than you'll ever need to know.
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