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Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America Hardcover – April 15, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813049385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813049380
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joshua H. Nadel is assistant professor of history and associate director of the Global Studies Program at North Carolina Central University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dwood78 on September 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you want to understand how & why soccer (or "futbol" as it is called in the Spanish speaking world) is very popular in Latin America, this is a book that you'll need to read.

It opens up with a history of the sport in South America, which was bought there via European immigrates in the late 1800s, as well as how the sport spread in popularity throughout the Americans & how it was used to unite the countries' people, much like baseball once did in the US. There's also mini-bios on some of the greatest soccer players from this region. The book also focus on the sports' impact on Latin countries (like Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, & Chile to name a few) on societal issues like politics, media, & race relations (the latter, in countries like Brazil & Honduras, this is a BIG issue). The final chapter is on the rise of women's soccer & the impact it has on the sport.

Overall I really enjoy reading this. The only real issue I have is the lack of any attention on Columbian soccer, which for a brief time in the late 1980s-mid-1990s, was one of the best national teams on Earth. Other than that, this is a great book on Latin America soccer. Even if you're not into the sport you'll still enjoy reading this.
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By J. Milo on August 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't just about soccer in Latin America. It is a well-researched study into the history and culture of the region over the past 120 years, and the role that the sport has played in it. For those who know the powerhouse nations, like Argentina, Brazil, or Uruguay, the stories will be familiar: Maradona, Pelé, Uruguay's 1950 victory in Maracanã. But there are wonderful lesser-known gems about race and politics in Honduras, political machinations in Chile in the 1970s, and the early days of women's soccer in the region a hundred years ago.

Fútbol is a pleasure to read. I unreservedly recommend it to anyone interested in the sport and/or the region.
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Format: Hardcover
The author makes several interesting arguments, obviously based on extensive research. Began slowly but quickly picks up pace. Recently finished GOLAZO and and I found this a nice compliment to that Volume. FUTBOL goes even deeper with separate histories on MEXICO and HONDURAS. I also learned that a century and a half ago some cultures embraced Baseball instead and Football took a long time to catch on. I liked this one
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