by David Goldblatt - £9.99 Penguin Books Ltd (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780241969779 | ISBN 10: 0241969778
No nation has so closely aligned its national identity with playing and watching football as Brazil.
Football is regarded as a thing of joy, its yellow shirts a delightful amalgam of sport and art, entwined with its cultures of music and religion. This is true, but there is another side to the story too. Brazil may now be the sixth largest economy in the world but the corruption of its football authorities is characteristic of its society as a whole.
To write the history of Brazilian football is to write the history of Brazil itself. This is the whole story - the players, the fans, the politicians, the passion - from the arrival of football in the country in 1894 just after the last Emperor had been deposed to the social unrest and riots at the Confederations Cup in 2013.
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