Compelling . . . Alternately funny and dark . . . Bellos offers a cast of characters as colorful as a Carnival parade. (Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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
About the Author
Alex Bellos has a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro. In 2002, he wrote the critically acclaimed original edition of Futebol and in 2006 ghostwrote Pelé's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller. He lives in London.