Football to the Rhythm of the Samba Beat
By Keir Radnedge (Author)
England invented it; Brazil perfected it. There is no question that the spiritual home of soccer is Brazil, five-time FIFA World Cup winners and hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil Futebol captures the passion and heart of the world's premier soccer-playing nation. It begins in the 1870s, when the sport was introduced; recounts the unprecedented success of the national team, and profiles the superstar players—including Pelé, Garrincha, and Ronaldinho—and managers. But the book goes beyond the storied professionals to provide a deeper commentary on the importance of the game in o país do futebol (“the country of soccer”). It's the perfect celebration of, and companion to, the upcoming World Cup.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Keir Radnedge has been covering soccer for more than 40 years and written countless books on the subject. His was a journalist on the Daily Mail and the Guardian for two decades, and is a former editor of World Soccer, generally recognized as the premier English-language magazine on global soccer. He has been a regular analyst for BBC radio and television, Sky Sports, and US cable TV 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 many soccer tournaments.