Brazil's first World Cup win since 1970 in the United States this year, promoted widespread interest in international fooball and the Latin-American game. This book combines social history and reportage to explore the place of the world's most popular game in the life of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. The book examines the historical and political role of football on an international level, from colonial times to the present, up to and including the controversial Argentina appearance in the World Cup Final of 1990. It reveals how various dictators have used the game to ensure political passivity, and considers whether the game is declining in importance in Latin America, both as a spectator and a participatory sport. Tony Mason is the author of "Sport in Britain: A Social History" and "Association Football and English Society".
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 283 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 10 mm
"No other book has taken an overview of soccer and politics in Latin America as a whole. Academics, politicians, fans, take note: keep it handy at every World Cup."--Andrew Graham-Yoll, Buenos Aires Herald
"Tony Mason plays fulsome tribute to the history of South American football, and in terms of passion for the game he reveals that Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay leave the British trailing well behind."--Alan Green, BBC Radio Sport