The Country of Football

Politics, Popular Culture & the Beautiful Game in Brazil

The Country of Football

Brazil has done much to shape football/soccer, but how has soccer shaped Brazil? Despite the political and social importance of the beautiful game to the country, the subject has hitherto received little attention. This book presents groundbreaking work by historians and researchers from Brazil, the United States, Britain and France, who examine the political significance, in the broadest sense, of the sport in which Brazil has long been a world leader. The authors consider questions such as the relationship between soccer, the workplace and working class culture; the formation of Brazilian national identity; race relations; political and social movements; and the impact of the sport on social mobility. Contributions to the book range in time from the late nineteenth century, when the British first introduced the sport to Brazil, to the present day, as the 'country of soccer' prepares itself to host the 2014 World Cup, painting a vivid picture of the many ways in which soccer exists and functions in Brazil, both on and off the pitch.

Picturing the Beautiful Game

A History of Soccer in Visual Culture and Art

Picturing the Beautiful Game

The world's most popular sport, soccer, has long been celebrated as “the beautiful game” for its artistry and aesthetic appeal. Picturing the Beautiful Game: A History of Soccer in Visual Culture and Art is the first collection to examine the rich visual culture of soccer, including the fine arts, design, and mass media. Covering a range of topics related to the game's imagery, this volume investigates the ways soccer has been promoted, commemorated, and contested in visual terms. Throughout various mediums and formats-including illustrated newspapers, modern posters, and contemporary artworks-soccer has come to represent issues relating to identity, politics, and globalization. As the contributors to this collection suggest, these representations of the game reflect society and soccer's place in our collective imagination. Perspectives from a range of fields including art history, sociology, sport history, and media studies enrich the volume, affording a multifaceted visual history of the beautiful game.

The Beautiful Game

A Journey Through Latin American Football

The Beautiful Game

This work looks at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the range of the Latin American football experience - from the giants of Brazil and Argentina to Colombia and Bolivia. It also covers the 1998 World Cup and includes the furore over Ronaldo's appearance in the final.

The Invention of the Beautiful Game

Football and the Making of Modern Brazil

The Invention of the Beautiful Game

"In this cross-cutting cultural history, Gregg Bocketti traces the origins of soccer in Brazil from its elitist, Eurocentric identity as 'foot-ball' at the end of the nineteenth century to its subsequent mythologization as the specifically Brazilian 'futebol,' o jogo bonito (the beautiful game), in the twentieth century and beyond"--Provided by publishe

Business and the Beautiful Game

How You Can Apply the Skills and Passion of Football to be a Winner in Business

Business and the Beautiful Game

For years, the clichés of the football world have been used as everyday boardroom language, with phrases such as 'what's the score?' and 'we're playing the long game' becoming commonplace. Business and the Beautiful Game cleverly applies the analogy of football to the world of business and in doing so compares and contrasts the key elements in the world of commerce to the parellels of the beautiful game. This unique book uses signposts founded in football folklore to help the reader absorb as much information as possible. For example, 'Tactics' replaces the customary 'Summary' signpost to emphasise the key points whilst maintaining the football theme. Chapter headings draw on essential components of the beautiful game that can be equally well applied to management, for example 'Captaincy' represents 'Middle Management'. This clever and non-linear structure allows readers to dip in and out of the sections they want to focus on. Combining the vital elements of wit and wisdom, this book makes useful observations without taking the business world too seriously. It's an entertaining read for anyone wanting a fresh outlook on the world of business.

Soccer and Philosophy

Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game

Soccer and Philosophy

This collection of incisive articles gives a leading team of international philosophers a free kick toward exploring the complex and often hidden contours of the world of soccer. What does it really mean to be a fan (and why should we count Aristotle as one)? Why do great players such as Cristiano Ronaldo count as great artists (up there alongside Picasso, one author argues)? From the ethics of refereeing to the metaphysics of bent (like Beckham) space-time, this book shows soccer fans and philosophy buffs alike new ways to appreciate and understand the world's favorite sport.

The Beautiful Game?

Searching for the Soul of Football

The Beautiful Game?

Football is at the heart of British culture – yet never has it been in greater turmoil. Once, football stood for passion, community, honour, even beauty. The game is in danger of losing its lifeblood - and its soul. In The Beautiful Game? David Conn, the game's most respected investigative journalist, sets out on a journey through the heart of our national game, exploring how the sport has failed - and who is to blame. This is a book for those who keep the faith, who believe that the sport itself, stripped of the greed and self-interest blighting its organisation, still has values, and can still be beautiful. ‘For a fascinating insight into the causes, and the creators, of the game's ills this is a superbly told tale’ Independent

The Beautiful Game

The Beautiful Game

After an unfortunate accident tears Manny from a nearly perfect life, he retreats to his childhood home in South America. There, memories spring up, weaving together sport, a search for forgiveness and contemporary history. The action of this short novel lies not only on the soccer pitch but also in the mind of a narrator trying to reconcile two halves of a crosscultural life. Flashbacks smoothly draw the past into the present until Manny faces an overwhelming family secret. Fencer uses circumstances and setting to explore the idea of grace in a game, and in life, when debts are too great to be paid.

The Beautiful Game

A WAG's Tale

The Beautiful Game

Meet the WAGS: Louise, Tara, Jodie and Pattii and get ready to find out what really happens in extra time when; you gatecrash the players' Christmas party, only to find that the 'no women allowed' rule doesn't extend to every modelling and call girl agency in town; your best friend's nanny does a kiss 'n' tell, exposing a string of lies and affairs that you have suspected all along anyway; your close friend wakes the kids up at 2am to go looking for Daddy - only to find him in the middle of a nightclub getting down and dirty with a prostitute; you confide your biggest secret to your new best friend - only to find it front page news the following day. Welcome to the world of wives and girlfriends, as 'Fabulous' ('Fabulous' is the pseudonym of an ex-WAG. We're just not telling you which one...) takes you behind the scenes and details the rucks, romances and rules of the mega-glamorous minefield that is the world of football. As we quickly discover, there's a lot more to being a WAG than holidays, heels, hair extensions and handbags. In the cut-throat world of Premiership football, it's not just a game of two halves - it's survival of the fittest. And some will go to any lengths to stay at the top...

Squeezing Out the Dirt From the Beautiful Game

A Case for the Approval of the Use of Video Replays for Football or Soccer Referees; written by a football fan, for football fans, in support of the players, as a protest on behalf of Referees and as a Call to Action for the Authorities of the Game

Squeezing Out the Dirt From the Beautiful Game

Every year many wrong decisions are made by Referees during football matches; as a result, teams are knocked out of Champions Leagues by fake goals – penalties are awarded to players who dive in the penalty area; offside goals are allowed and legitimate goals are ruled out as offside goals. Many nations miss out on World Cup qualifications because of red cards that were issued to their players for fouls the players had not committed; and in leagues all around the world, teams are relegated because of refereeing errors while teams that may have been relegated, remain in higher divisions. Sadly, there have been death threats made on Referees after video replays showed that they made mistakes which cost teams and nations valuable points, qualifications and trophies. And these death threats are not only irresponsible but criminal. But If Referees are humans and not angels as FIFA wants us to believe; do they need help, and can video technology be the answer? Should video replays be approved to help Referees avoid these monumental errors or should the game continue as it is without video technology or video replays? This book is one of the most unique books you ever read; rather than using words or phrases as titles of chapters as it is in almost every book you and I have read; the titles of chapters of this book are actually sentences; yes, each chapter title, is a sentence – they are sentences made by fictional commentators in four of the more popular football or soccer leagues in the world. Each title sentence covers a specific Referee decision in football. Chapter one is titled with a sentence that covers the award of a penalty to a player who dives in the penalty box. Chapter two has a sentence title that exemplifies a commentator’s reaction when a fine goal is disallowed, and chapter three’s sentence title, deals with the issue of an unwarranted second yellow card to a player whilst the title of chapter four, is: a sentence that shows a commentator’s lamentation when a player is unjustly sent off; and finally chapter five carries in its title, a sentence of a commentator describing the worst decision he has ever seen in three decades of football commentary while calling for football authorities to consider the introduction of video replays to aid Referees.