A thrilling picture of Brazilian society and its football which neatly combines reportage with sporting analysis Observer Magnificent ... Bellos has managed to perfectly capture the chaos and corruption and the romance and obsession and the feeling of what it's like to live in a genuinely football-obsessed nation FourFourTwo Hugely entertaining ... Required reading for anyone who intends to visit Brazil New Statesman An affectionate and shrewd account of the game ... Full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular culture; its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity Guardian A hugely enjoyable account of a nation obsessed with football The Times Bellos unearths some wonderful stories and tells them with humour, warmth and humanity. Jon Culley, The Sports Bookshelf
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From the Publisher
"Compelling...Alternately funny and dark...Bellos offers a cast of characters as colorful as a Carnival parade." -Publishers Weekly
"It's a bonus that Bellos' aim is not just to amuse, but to find meaning and context behind the spectacle...Bellos weaves a tapestry of contemporary Brazil from football threads as divergent as the great Pelé and the glamorous Roza FC, perhaps the world's only all-transvestite team...rich and colorful."-New York Newsday
"Required reading." -Soccer America
"Alex Bellos trace's [soccer's] evolution in Brazil, and emerges with a fascinating portrait of Brazil itself, a land of deep contradictions and an even deeper love for the game that bridges those contradictions...With a seasoned reporter's knack for dredging up curios, he unveils one variation on the game after another."-San Antonio Express News