In anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this celebration of Brazil’s football obsession captures every angle of the game, the players, and the fans of the most beautiful game on earth. Having photographed football in Brazil for two decades, no one understands the country’s passion for the sport better than Christopher Pillitz. From Brazil’s sun-kissed beaches to its densely populated favelas, Pillitz reveals the sport as Brazil’s religion. His bold and brightly colored photographs show players of every age and walk of life. They take readers from enormous stadiums and prison yards to the tops of tall buildings and a deep-sea oil platform; across countless streets, alleys, and highways; even inside a local seminary where longrobed monks display incredible agility playing in their cassocks. While he captures stylish kicks, athletic headers, swaying dribbles and passes, and the samba and capoeira behind the incredible moves, Pillitz also shows us the wild excitement of the colorful, eccentric fans, and, of course, he reveals the gentle side of the beautiful game—the many women footballers and fans who enjoy the sport as much as their male counterparts. Timed to coincide with Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this absorbing and thrilling collection will help new and seasoned fans understand what football truly represents to the country’s people and its culture.
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Born in Argentina, Christopher Pillitz is a London-based photographer whose work has been featured in major publications around the world, including the Sunday Times and Observer in the United Kingdom; the New York Times, TIME, and Newsweek in the U.S.; and Spiegel, Stern, and GEO in Germany. His previous books include in-depth portraits of The Vatican, China, and India.
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