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Brazil Futebol

Brazil Futebol

Author Keir Radnedge

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160 pages
243 x 191mm
Published Mar 2014
ISBN 9781780973999
Book Summary

There is no question that the spiritual home of football is Brazil, five-time FIFA World Cup winners and the hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil Futebol captures the essence of the world's premier football nation and tells the story of more than a century of footballing passion. Starting in the 1870s when the Scottish expatriate Thomas Donohue first introduced the game to the native Brazilians, it recounts the unprecedented success of the national team, building to their debut World Cup triumph in 1958 and beyond, detailing all the most famous players and moments.

But Brazil Futebol is not just about the storied triumphs of the professional ranks. The book is as much a commentary on the game in Brazil. Football is the country's heartbeat; entire cities grind to a halt when the national team plays; thousands travel to each World Cup, often dressed extravagantly and always dancing to the samba beat; and local rivalries between supporters of the leading club sides are fierce. Football is a way of life. Brazilians routinely refer to their nation as o País do Futebol ("the Country of Football") and with good reason. From the centre of Rio to the countryside, the favelas (slums), parks, and beaches are a hive of informal kickabouts from morning till night, with players seeking to emulate their idols.

The World Cup will now return to Brazil in 2014 for the first time in over 60 years and the eyes of the world will be on it. Brazil Futebol, a celebration of o País do Futebol in all its forms, will be the perfect companion.

Author Bio

Keir Radnedge has been covering football for more than 40 years. He has written countless books on the subject, from tournament guides to comprehensive encyclopedias, aimed at all ages. His journalism career included the Daily Mail for 20 years, as well as The Guardian and other national newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad. He is a former editor of World Soccer, generally recognized as the premier English-language magazine on global football. In addition to his writing, Keir has been a regular analyst for BBC radio and television, Sky Sports and the American cable television news channel CNN. He also edited a tournament newspaper at the FIFA World Cup tournaments of 1982, 1986 and 1990, as well as at Euro 96, and has scripted video reviews of numerous football tournaments. He is also the London-based editor of, the Olympic Games and football news website.

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