Alexander M Gross

Literature | Language | Culture

Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos (2002, revised 2014)

First published in 2002 and revised to coincide with the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Futebol is a fascinating study of the identity of a country through the prism of its most beloved sport. Bellos, who worked as South America correspondent for the Guardian, intelligently treats football as a microcosm of Brazil and all its contradictions, providing insights into the quirks of Brazilian football lore. The book is an indispensable primer for fans of the game to learn more about its historically most successful nation.

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