By Joshua H. Nadel

Get prepared for the 2014 FIFA global Cup and the 2016 summer season Olympics—both held in Brazil—with the tale of Latin America’s most well-liked activity. Fútbol! explains why rivals and enthusiasts alike are so fiercely devoted to football during the region.

From its origins in British boarding faculties within the overdue 1800s, football unfold around the globe to turn into part of way of life in Latin America—and a part of the region’s so much compelling nationwide narratives. This booklet illustrates that football has the strong skill to forge nationwide solidarity by means of beautiful to humans throughout conventional social limitations. in truth, writer Joshua Nadel finds that what began as an easy online game performed a heavily vital function within the improvement of Latin American nations within the 20th century. interpreting the impression of the game in Argentina, Honduras, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Mexico, Nadel addresses how football impacts politics, the media, race relatives, and gender stereotypes.

With inspiring own tales and a sweeping historic backdrop, Fútbol! exhibits that football remains to be tied to local id all through critical and South the United States this present day. humans dwell for it—and occasionally kill for it. it's a resource of desire and a cause of suicide. it's a approach out of poverty for a pick out few and an intangible break out for thousands more.

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