Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Title: Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Author: Eduardo Galeano
SPORTS SOCCER GAL
In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places.
All the greats Pelé, Di Stéfano, Cruyff, Eusébio, Puskás, Gullit, Baggio, Beckenbauer have joyous cameos in this book. yet soccer, Galeano cautions, is a pleasure that hurts.” Thus there is also heartbreak and madness. Galeano tells of the suicide of Uruguayan player Abdón Porte, who shot himself in the center circle of the Nacional’s stadium; of the Argentine manager who wouldn’t let his team eat chicken because it would bring bad luck; and of scandal-riven Diego Maradona whose real crime, Galeano suggests, was always the sin of being the best.”
Soccer is a game that bureaucrats try to dull and the powerful try to manipulate, but it retains its magic because it remains a bewitching gamea feast for the eyes … and a joy for the body that plays it”exquisitely rendered in the magical stories of Soccer in Sun and Shadow.