Sunday, February 9, 2014

Soccer in Sun and Shadow, by Eduardo Galeano; English translation available

Soccer in Sun and ShadowSoccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This beautifully-written series of historical vignettes and observations captures the tone of soccer like nothing else I've ever read.

Galeano traces the history of the beautiful game from ancient China through the latest iteration of the World Cup. (If you read this book a few years ago, get the current edition for a fine update on the state of soccer in the world today.) Galeano sets the game in the context of world events, reminds us of the legacy of long-forgotten players, and shows us that the modern game indeed stands on the shoulders of giants.

I keep using this adjective, but the writing is beautiful. If you appreciate the game, please read this book to gain a deeper understanding of the history and the way it has played out on the world stage.

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