Soccer in Sun and Shadow

Soccer in Sun and Shadow

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"In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Galeano takes us to ancient China, where engravings from the Ming period show a ball that could have been designed by Adidas to Victorian England, where gentlemen codified the rules that we still play by today and to Latin America, where the "crazy English" spread the game only to find it creolized by the locals. All the greats--Pelé, Di Stéfano, Cruyff, Eusébio, Pusk, Gullit, Baggio, Beckenbauer--have joyous cameos in this book. Yet soccer, Galeano cautions, "is a pleasure that hurts." Thus there is also heartbreak and madness. Galeano tells of the suicide of Uruguayan player Abdón Porte, who shot himself in the center circle of the Nacional's stadium; of the Argentine manager who wouldn't let his team eat chicken because it would bring bad luck; and of scandal-riven Diego Maradona whose real crime, Galeano suggests, was always "the sin of being the best." Soccer is a game that bureaucrats try to dull and the powerful try to manipulate, but it retains its magic because it remains a bewitching game--"a feast for the eyes ... and a joy for the body that plays it"--Exquisitely rendered in the magical stories of Soccer in Sun and Shadow"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2013]
Edition: Revised and updated
ISBN: 9781568584942
Branch Call Number: 796.334 G152s 2013
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 21 cm


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Published in 1995 and updated last year, this passionate and very spiritual account of the history of soccer is a great window into the influence of the game around the globe. For any fan young or old. Very accessible and highly recommended. An e-book copy is available too.

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Oct 16, 2009

An extremely well written book by a man obviously loves soccer. Take the politics with a grain of salt, but the rest is superb.


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Dec 21, 2009

Charlie68 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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