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Futebol: Soccer: The Brazilian Way

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Through the lens of Brazil's trademark sport, Alex Bellos brings us a fascinating portrait of Brazilian identity.

The Brazilian soccer team is one of the modern wonders of the world. Its essence is a game in which prodigious individual skills outshine team tactics, where dribbles and flicks are preferred over physical challenges or long-distance passes, where technique has
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2002 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2002)
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Paul
Being such a massive country, with so many diverse environments, I expected this book to be packed full of variety and lots of examples of ways that the beautiful game is beloved in the 'País Tropical'. I was not disappointed. This is certainly a very entertaining and informative collection of essays compiled by the author while he worked as a British newspaper correspondent in the country over the years spanning the turn of the millennium. The chapters probe the many different cultural facets a ...more
Fahad
كرة القدم، الحياة على الطريقة البرازيلية

بأسلوبه الصحفي يكشف لنا أليكس بيلوس كيف تغلغلت كرة القدم في الحياة البرازيلية منذ أول تعرف هذا الشعب المختلط والحديث عليها، وذلك عندما وصل تشارلز ميلر إلى ميناء سانتوس في سنة 1894 م وهو يحمل في يديه كرتين، كانت تلك لحظة الولادة للفن البرازيلي المذهل والذي سرعان ما سيبهر العالم، وسيلد عباقرة في فن التلاعب بالكرة وبالجماهير من بيليه إلى نيمار، يأخذنا هذا الكتاب إلى كل وجوه اللعبة، من تاريخها في البرازيل، إلى تداخلها مع السياسة، والدين، والهوية البرازيلية، ي
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Raya Ka'abneh


كرة القدم. أكثر من مجرد كرة أو رياضة، فهي بالنسبة للبرازيلي شغف، هوية، حياة
يأخذ البرازيليون هذه اللعبة الإنجليزية الأصل ليصوغوها في قالبهم الخاص.. فتصبح طابعاً وهوية تميزهم من أقصى البرازيل إلى أدناها،، ما شواطئ كوباكابانا إلى أعماق غابات الأمازون المجهولة،، من أحياء ريو المكتظة إلى القبائل الهندية المختلفة..
فهي التي تجمع سكان هذا البلد العملاق.. وهي التي تشكّل هويتهم الوطنية،، وتمتزج مع إيقاعات السامبا في صورة بهية ترسم الوطن البرازيلي الكبير...
أسماء كثيرة صنعتها هذه الكرة،، بيليه، غارينشا، سقر
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Faith Spinks
Having lived in Brazil myself I know something about the relationship that Brazilians have with football. Being English we have our own story with football, but it is not the same as the Brazilian passion and connection. So when I spotted this book it seemed like it would be an interesting read to dig a bit deeper into why and how football shapes Brazilians, or Brazilians shape football.

Football is, and probably always will be, an integral part of Brazilian life. When Brazilians get knocked out
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E-thar Bushy
يتحدث الكاتب عن بداية انتشار كرة القدم في البرازيل علي يد ميلر الانجليزي مع الأخذ في الاعتبار احتمالية معرفة البرازيليين مسبقا بها مع تشابه اللعبة مع رياضة كان يمارسها الهنود الحمر اشبه بكرة القدم.. ثم ينتقل الي الاضطهاد الذي عاني منه الملونين لممارسة هذه اللعبة التي كانت مقتصرة علي الانجليز والطبقة الغنية ، وتأسيس اول الاندية في البرازيل نادي فلومننسي في ريو ويعتبر من اشهر الاندية البرازيلية الي الآن ثم تعدد ظهور عدة اندية بعد ذلك منها نادي فاسكو دي جاما وهو اول الاندية التي فتحت ابوابها للملون ...more
Karol
Zacząłem czytać tę książkę tuż przed mundialem, a skończyłem już po 1:7 z Niemcami - wydarzeniu, które w skutek lektury przeżyłem dużo mocniej, niż gdybym nie miał "Futebolu" w rękach.

Trauma przegranego w 1950 roku finału, która miała zostać ostatecznie zmazana w tym roku, to dla tego narodu coś, jak dla nas największe historyczne katastrofy. Przez 64 lata przeżywali ten mecz wciąż na nowo, za każdym razem fizycznie cierpiąc. Każdy tam ma swoją teorię na temat przyczyn tamtej porażki i jej efekt
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Igor
There aren't enough stars to describe what Alex Bellos did here. From beginning to end he's entertaining, accurate and insightful while explores the roots of Brazilian football culture and its deeply tied relation with the country ethos.

He approaches the sport from every possible angle and the result is a hell of a journey to the soul of Brazilian society.
Saturn Rings
الكتاب رائع جداً ...جولة زماكانية رائعة في البرازيل ...غر ممل إطلاقاً ولا يصنف - في رأيي المتواضع - بأنه كتاب رياضي فقط ..لقد شرح الكتاب وبالتفصيل عن أماكن معينة وتطورها الزمني في البرازيل وأيضاً في تلك التي كان يسافر اللاعبون البرازيليون للعب بها بكل دقة وللأمانه هناك أماكن لم أكن اعرفها لولا قراءة هذا الكتاب!
شرح رائع لمعاناة الملونين والقبائل الهندية ..كما وضح أثر هذه اللعبة العالمية على السياسة وتقدم البرازيل...
وجاء وصفه للعبة وانواعها وبعض الخطط المختلفة مبسط ودقيق ربط فيه بين الانتصارات وعل
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Barry
This is a superb book about Brazilian football and it's influence on it's culture. The book is well written and full of interesting stories and characters. Bellos successfully evokes the richness of Brazilian culture and it's diversity.

There is so much in this book it is hard where to start with a review. The early history of football in the country is covered well although I would like more in the book from the point of view of club football and it's history.

The national team is well represente
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Alex Ghio
The author drags in some areas but the last three chapters really make it. The book is starting to age and needs an update.
Nick Ford
This has to be the best book I have read all year. This is the best book for two reasons. The first reason is that it is all about soccer. The second reason is that it's about the Brazilian legends who inspired me to be the soccer player I am today. This book is all about the history of soccer in Brazil, and stories about it from all over the country. I couldn't take my eyes off the book. I would read this book over and over again because it would be reading something that I love. I recommend th ...more
Dobiasz
Pozycja obowiązkowa dla każdego fana piłki kopanej, który chce się dowiedzieć czegokolwiek o kraju, o którym wiemy z reguły tyle, że na każdym mundialu ma pozycję domyślnego faworyta. Ale skąd to się bierze?

Nie nieee, ta książka bynahmniej nie odpowiada na to pytanie. Po jej przeczytaniu raczej ma się ochotę zapytać: Ale jak to możliwe?

Bellos w dość przyzwoitym reportażowym stylu prowadzi tematycznie przez różne aspekty brazylijskiej piłki — handel piłkarzami, uwarunkowania historyczno-socjologi
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Jeff
This book looks at life in Brazil through the lens of soccer players and fans. I read about 1/2 of this book - the first stories were quite engaging, but I lost interest as the stories moved from professional soccer players in other countries to fans who follow Brazilian soccer. If you are interested in Brazilian culture or a historical perspective on Brazilian soccer, this is definitely a window into the lifestyle circa 2001. However, if you are looking for a hardcore soccer book or a review of ...more
Jesus Rodriguez
Alex Bellos does as comprehensive job as you possibly can without having to write what could have easily become a ten volume book series.

Brazil takes futebol seriously. Very seriously. And Bellos does a fascinating job covering various aspects of how this sports penetrates to every level of the country's social fabric.

The book might get too dense for some. The scope of this book is far reaching. However, I learned so much from this book. It is a perfect primer to learn why futebol is indeed a
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Yaser maadat
كتاب ثري يأخذنا اليكس بيلوس عبره في رحلة الى بلاد السامبا ليطلعنا على تاريخ نشوء لعبة كرة القدم في البراويل و تطورها التاريخي،اضافة الى الطقوس التي تميّزت فيها اللعبة هناك عن سائر دول العالم،و الشغف الذي يغلف تعامل البرازيليين مع هذه اللعبة التي تعد اليوم جزءا هاما من تاريخهم الثقافي و الحضاري،اضافة لتطرق الكاتب الى عدد من السلبيات و التحديات التي تواجه اللعبة في البرازيل من خلال الالتقاء بعدد من اساطير اللعبة هناك و عدد من الاداريين المسيرين لها.
Abdulaziz Alfawzan
كتاب جميل .. يستعرض فيه الكاتب ما تعنيه كرة القدم في البرازيل وكيف غيرت حياة الكثير من عشاقها ..

ويسرد تجربة بداية الإحتراف للاعبي البرازيل في أماكن تختلف جذريًا عن الطبيعة البرازيلية كثلوج اوروبا الشرقية ..

وكيف يتغلب المحترف البرازيلي على جميع الظروف وينجح ..

بإختصار كرة القدم في البرازيل كـ الهواء والماء لـ الإنسان ..
Rafet Baran
Bellos'un bu kitabı yazarken başından geçenler hakkında da bir kitap yazılabilir aslında. Böylesine sağlam bir araştırma bu kadar keyifli bir anlatımla sunulunca ortaya mükemmel bir kitap çıkmış. Ne yazık ki kitabın çevirisindeki hatalar kitaptan alınan zevki düşürüyor. Türkçe çevirisinde neredeyse hiçbir editörlük faaliyeti yapılmamış. Umarım kısa bir zamanda yeni baskısı, düzeltmiş haliyle yapılır.
Cem Binbir
Tam da vaat ettiği gibi Brezilya halkının futbola olan tutkusunu ve Brezilya kültürünü örneklerle çok iyi anlatan bir kitap. Başka yollardan öğrenemeyeceğim pek çok bilgiyi bu kitap sayesinde öğrendim. Futbol odaklı bir kitap gibi gözükse de, ülkedeki yaşamla ilgili de çok şey anlatıyor.

Kitaba beş yıldız vermememin iki sebebi var. Elimdeki 2003 yılı baskısındaki, çoğunlukla özel isimlerde yapılan yazım yanlışları okumayı biraz zorlaştırıyor. Ayrıca kitapta Brezilya'nın futbol tarzıyla ilgili dah
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Logan
Great book. In some ways, the style reminds me of Hedrick Smith's book "The Russians."
Andrew
Alex Bellos takes a very good look at the Brazilian obsession with football. A must read for anyone interested in how the game has been shaped by culture, politics, religion and more in that country.
Simon
An interesting read. I wish there was more on the World Cup games and controversy.
Hiyabu Tahir
ما هي كرة القدم في البرازيل، هي أكثر من هواية بل هي حياة وروح البرازيل
Emanuel Ramos
A history of soccer in Brazil, and also a means of explaining Brazilian culture.

I liked this book. The author explore Brazil, far and wide, even beyond the country's borders, to explain how soccer has become of Brazil's most valuable exports.

Bellos' journalistic skills shine in the latter third of the book, where he sheds light on Brazil's governing soccer body, CBF. The rest of the book is enlightening.

Recommended for soccer fans, casual and die-hard.
Sami Al Senani
كتاب لا يهم الرياضين فقط ، هو بمثابة دراسة اجتماعية للبرازيل ، اسلوب الكاتب رائع ومشوق
Matteo Starri
Da non perdere per qualsiasi amante del calcio. Eccellente studio alle spalle, ben scritto, copre argomenti e sfaccettature anche molto diversi tra loro con buona cura dei dettagli ed evidernet passione verso il topic.

Ottima introduzione (se non qualcosa di piu') ad un mondo che per noi, Italiani che viviamo di calcio, ma in maniera diversa, e' forse difficile comprendere
Doug
If you want a fun read about the weir and wacky history of Brazilian futebol, this is it...full of crazy personalities and kooky anecdotes. Some of the grammar may have suffered in translation, but still a worthwhile read for the general soccer fan or a traveler to Brazil who is interested in the culture of sport in that country.
Darren
Thoroughly enjoyable and informative look at Brazilian football.
Shawn
Short of an encyclopedia, I can't imagine a more thorough look at Brazil's version of The Beautiful Game. Only criticism is that the writing is wooden in places, awkward in others. What it lacks in elegance it makes up for with first rate reportage and thoroughness. A must read for any soccer fan.
David Mcdowell
I always found Brazilian football culture very confusing. Now, thanks to this book I know why... because they're all nuts! (Pun not intended)



Colourful and informative read in the main by a likeable author, even if there are some sections which drag slightly more than others.
Myke
Sep 08, 2007 Myke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football/Soccer Fans
One of the most brilliant books written about the sport. A must read for anyone that is a fan of the beautiful game. A close look at a the various cultures within Brazil as well as the political and religious aspects which affect the Brazillian way of futbal.
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