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.
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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.
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