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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As Alex Bellos explains, it has been known for disappointed fans to waylay and attack their own team bus if they lose.

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How futebbol cut a cake using scientific principles: The book comprises 15 chapters, each a compelling bellls focusing on an individual or group and their unique relationship with the sport. Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury.

More than 15 million views on YouTube. He 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 bellod all over this vast country. In Brazil the discovery of this global market has meant, as Bellos explains, that there is a danger of professional football becoming an export monoculture, breeding cheap players for sale abroad, like coffee or cotton in slavery days.

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Not that these Brazilians are necessarily better players than the locals: Radiolab devoted an episode to my survey to find the world’s favourite number.

Yet the game goes on, in its sublimity and excess. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Mark Taylor rated it did not like it Dec 05, After just a couple of pages into this account of the world’s most popular sport, it becomes apparent that there is no American sporting equivalent to Brazil’s obsession with soccer, and perhaps no equivalent worldwide either. A Mathematical countdown to the New Year All the be… https: Malek rated it did not like it Jan 31, My most recent mathsy book is Puzzle Ninjaa collection of more than Japanese logic puzzles.


Football is how the world sees Brazil and Brazilians see themselves. There have been scandals, too, involving the sale to European clubs of futeboo players with forged documents. David Santos rated it did not like it Dec 06, The book is full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular culture, its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity.

Bellos, a Rio-based correspondent for the U.

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Travelling extensively from the Bellis border to the north-eastern backlands, from the coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to the Amazon jungle, the author, Alex Bellos, shows how Brazil changed football and how football shaped Brazil. Other sporting events pale in comparison to a Brazilian football match.

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In Brazil itself, though, the game is alive and well. Topics Books The Gear. My maths aelx won the prize for best science blog awarded by the Association of British Science Writers. One journalist in wrote, “It gives them great satisfaction or fills them with great sorrow when this kind of yellowish bladder enters a rectangle formed by wooden posts. In the case of football, the sublime and the excessive go hand in hand. Programme starts at 1: The Brazilian instinct for hybridisation has gellos a swath of variations on standard soccer.

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. One of them involves an endurance contest where solo contenders kick the ball repeatedly in the air for as long as possible. I write and I talk. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Football is how the world sees Brazil and how Brazilians see themselves. A sliding tackle is liable to take you half the length of the pitch, leaving everyone covered in black sludge. Since I have lived in London, as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

Raphaell rated it did not like it Mar 13, This website uses cookies to improve user experience. The fact that many of the best Brazilian footballers are black adds an edge to this analogy. With an unerring eye for a good story and a ale ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos describes the startling range of football aled 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 fuutebol regulated procedures organised by fearsome Buttonistas to the truly alarming Footbull yes with bulls.

Preview — Futebol by Alex Bellos. It can be played with a ball made from natural rubber harvested from the rainforest.

Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

Brazil has the most brilliant and graceful players, and futegol most extravagantly dedicated fans. My first book was Futebol: On the international scene Brazil’s star has been in decline since the World Cup in it was further eclipsed by defeat at the hands of Ecuador, a country with less than a fifteenth of Brazil’s population.

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