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    From Publishers Weekly

    A history of the sport of soccer, the poetic title of this volume, originally published in 1995 as El
    fútbol a sol y sombra and now in its fourth edition, is a dead giveaway that this is not a purely historical accounting
    of the world's most popular game. While Galeano covers the sport's origins in China five thousand years ago to the 2010
    World Cup in chronological order, it's how he tells the story in this rather poetic history that sets the book apart
    from others. Galeano, a renowned Uruguayan author and journalist, brings a personal passion to fútbol's most memorable
    moments that can only come from a true aficionado. Whether describing great games, momentous goals or extraordinary
    players, each story has that distinct magical realism so prevalent in Latin American literature that it doesn't matter
    that from one sentence to the next the writing moves from clichéd to poetic, as when he describes the great Pelé: he cut
    right through his opponents like a hot knife through butter. When he stopped, his opponents got lost in the labyrinths
    his legs embroidered. Focusing mostly on the international aspects of the game, Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist
    politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing
    perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals
    and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids. (Aug.)

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    *Starred Review* Since its first publication in 1995 (as Football in Sun and Shadow), this book has been
    relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, A pretty move, for the love of God, has an eye for
    beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion—and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of
    soccer or a fan’s memoir won’t find it here. In impressionistic, almost epigrammatic, passages, Galeano, the
    award-winning Uruguayan author of Open Veins of Latin America (1973), muses on everything from the role of politics to
    memorable goals and the immortals who scored them. Such is his gift that he deftly sketches entire World Cups in only a
    few pages. (This revised edition includes the four most recent.) He wryly laments the ever-increasing
    professionalization and commercialization of the world’s sport while celebrating moments of joy and surprise, when the
    minnow swallows the big fish, or a gifted player inspires the fans despite an overwhelming defeat. Above all, he reminds
    us of a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it
    feel happy and make us happy too. An indispensable addition to soccer collections. --Keir Graff

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