Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life Alex Bellos Bloomsbury, £, pp In the arts of performance – in music and dance, ecstatic religion. Alex Bellos · Home · Writer · Broadcaster · Public Speaker · Bio · Contact. Navigation, Home · Writer · Broadcaster · Public Speaker · Bio · Contact. Alex is one of the few people who can talk about numbers without being My first book was Futebol: the Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil.

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Usually, about mathematics and puzzles. Discover what to read next. Millwall supporters look mild by comparison. Topics Books The Gear. A Mathematical countdown to the New Year A sliding tackle is liable to take you half the length of the pitch, leaving everyone covered in black sludge. To see what your friends uftebol of this book, please sign up.

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For more information www. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Paperbackpages. Not that these Brazilians are necessarily better players than the locals: With an unerring eye for a good story and a marvellous ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos describes the startling range of football spinoffs found in Brazil; from Autoball, literally football with cars and a giant leather ball to Ecoball, played in the heart of the rainforest, from Button football and its highly regulated procedures organised by fearsome Buttonistas to the truly alarming Footbull yes with bulls.


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Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

Jose rated it did not like it May 08, Return to Book Page. They are on first-name terms with the whole aoex. This is a game that has not yet suffered the effects of professionalisation, or even industrialisation. Bellos tells the stories behind the great players, like Pele and Garrincha, between the great teams, like Corinthians and Vasco de Gama, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and pitches all over this country.

Alternately funny and dark, the book covers Brazil’s introduction to soccer in the late 19th century, when the locals altered it from an bellow British game to “a dance of irrational surprises,” according to one sociologist. The book is full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular futebil, its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity.

I went to India for the BBC to make a radio documentary on the links between numbers and Indian spirituality. Since I have lived in London, as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

Yet the game goes on, in its sublimity and excess. Since I have lived in London, as a freelance writer and broadca “I was born in Oxford and grew up in Edinburgh and Southampton. Because of this and other rackets, the Brazilian Football Confederation has just been the subject of a congressional investigation.

Ilias Benbatoul rated it did not like it Sep 06, Football is how the world sees Brazil and how Brazilians see themselves. It is intelligent, inspiring, funny, and deserves a large audience! The game symbolises racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill, and yet football is also a microcosm of Latin America’s largest country and contains all of its contradictions.


Futebol is an affectionate and shrewd account of the game as played both in Brazil and also in the global diaspora, where Brazilian players bring glamour and tropical credibility to clubs bwllos the Arctic Circle to the Adriatic. Higher education Sport and leisure books reviews. Books by Alex Bellos. The fact that many of the best Brazilian footballers are black adds an edge to this analogy. Bellos takes us to the Amazon, to Uruguay and to the Faroe Islands, where several Brazilian players have recently settled.

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The Best Books of Raphaell rated it did not like it Mar 13, Travelling extensively from t The Brazilian football team at its best exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull. Lists with This Book. By Bellos’s account, though, his name is one of the few delightful things about belols.

Football is how the world sees Brazil and Brazilians see themselves. Refresh and try again. David Santos rated it did not like it Dec 06, The game continues until the rising tide stops play.

Even the names of players are a source of wonderment to non-Brazilians.