Futebol: Soccer: The Brazilian Way
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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...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2002 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2002)
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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...more
Paul Harris
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
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
Douglas MacKenzie
Some interesting insights into Brasil, Football, and Brasilian football.
Rob
Final few chapters were excellent, the rest was hit & miss. The look into the corruption of Brazilian football helped give more background on Brazilian politics, just the right time to read it with the Brazilian protests at the Confederations Cup.
Marcel
Football is Brazil, and this book is all about football in Brazil: the players, the people, the media, the player's nicknames, the teams, religion and much more. Absolutely one of the best books written about sports, and more specifically football.
Tim
Showing it's age a little now but an interesting look at the history and culture of Brazil and it's futebol

Makes the way football in this country is run look sensible!
Lulu
Some interesting chapters but I found the author's overuse of fragments and sometimes smug tone a bit off-putting. The book is still a good overview of the central role futebol (soccer) plays in Brazilian culture.
Joan Stewart
Jan 31, 2011 Joan Stewart rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: soccer fans
Truly a wonderful collection of stories on the sport in Brazil, what it means to them and what Brazil means to the sport. A must-read for anyone interested in the larger issues surrounding the sport of football.
Burcu Tezcan-unal
A great style and excellent description. I have already learned so much about the culture. I highly recommend this book to Brasilans, football lovers and people who love and want to learn more about Brasilians.
Philadelphia Tee-roy
Dec 24, 2007 Philadelphia Tee-roy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that want to know brazillian culture through the sport they love
This is a really good book for anyone that knows nothing about Brazil Bellos takes you on a sometimes boring but mostly pleasing journey through Brazillian history through the sport it is obsessed with.
Russell
Really interesting read if you like football, it gets better the more you read and begin to understand how important football is to all of Brazil
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