Soccer in Sun and Shadow

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On this witty and rebellious historical past of world soccer, award-winning author Eduardo Galeano searches for the types of play, gamers, and targets that specific the distinctive persona of sure occasions and locations. In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Galeano takes us to historic China, the place engravings from the Ming interval present a ball that might have been designed by Adidas to Victorian England, the place gents codified the principles that we nonetheless play by right this moment and to Latin America, the place the “loopy English” unfold the sport solely to search out it creolized by the locals.

All of the greats—Pelé, Di Stéfano, Cruyff, Eusébio, Puskás, Gullit, Baggio, Beckenbauer— have joyous cameos in this book. but soccer, Galeano cautions, “is a pleasure that hurts.” Thus there’s additionally heartbreak and insanity. Galeano tells of the suicide of Uruguayan participant Abdón Porte, who shot himself in the middle circle of the Nacional’s stadium; of the Argentine supervisor who would not let his group eat hen as a result of it might convey unhealthy luck; and of scandal-riven Diego Maradona whose actual crime, Galeano suggests, was all the time “the sin of being the very best.”

Soccer is a recreation that bureaucrats attempt to boring and the highly effective attempt to manipulate, nevertheless it retains its magic as a result of it stays a bewitching recreation—“a feast for the eyes … and a pleasure for the physique that performs it”—exquisitely rendered in the magical tales of Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

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