Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life Alex Bellos Bloomsbury, £, pp In the arts of performance – in music and dance, ecstatic religion. Alex Bellos · Home · Writer · Broadcaster · Public Speaker · Bio · Contact. Navigation, Home · Writer · Broadcaster · Public Speaker · Bio · Contact. Alex is one of the few people who can talk about numbers without being My first book was Futebol: the Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Not that these Brazilians are necessarily better players than the locals: As Alex Bellos explains, it has been known for disappointed fans to waylay and attack their own team bus if they lose. It is intelligent, inspiring, funny, and deserves a large audience! All the be… https: At its best it exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull like nothing else on earth.

Here’s me with the Shankaracharya of Puri. One of them involves an endurance contest where solo contenders kick the ball repeatedly in the air for as long as possible.

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The fact that many of the best Ales footballers are black adds an edge to this analogy. Another project is LOOPpool on an elliptical table.


I have written two mathematical colouring books with Edmund Harriss: A sliding tackle is liable to take you half the length of the pitch, leaving everyone covered in black sludge. Eric Ferrufino rated it did not like it Aug 09, By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

Brazil has the most brilliant and graceful players, and the most extravagantly dedicated fans. The Brazilian football team is one of the modern wonders of the world. I went futebil India for the BBC to make a radio documentary on the links between numbers and Indian spirituality. Radiolab devoted an episode to my survey to find the world’s favourite number. Bellos takes us to the Amazon, to Uruguay and to the Faroe Islands, where several Brazilian players have recently settled.

The book comprises 15 chapters, each a compelling stand-alone focusing on an individual or group and their unique relationship beloos the sport. Yet the game goes on, in its sublimity and excess.

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The book is full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular culture, its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity. The conditions of work in Brazil alx such that practically any club in Europe offers a better living. Finally, Bellos reports, in Amazonia there is futelama – mud football – played on the slithery mudflats that run along the banks of the river.


There have been scandals, too, involving the sale to European clubs of underaged players with forged documents. Travelling extensively from t The Brazilian football team at its best exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull.

A former national coach, one of nellos subjects of the congressional investigation, delights in the name of Wanderley Luxemburgo. Programme starts at 1: Paperbackpages.

Futebol — Alex Bellos

Alternately funny and dark, the book covers Brazil’s introduction to soccer in the late 19th century, when the locals altered it from an orderly British game to “a dance of irrational surprises,” according to one sociologist. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In Brazil itself, though, the game is alive and well. My maths blog won the prize for best science blog awarded by the Association of British Science Writers.

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