The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern by Roger Kittleson

By Roger Kittleson

Isbn 9780520279087 (hardback)
isbn 9780520279094(pbk)
isbn 9780520958258 (ebook)

GV944.B7K57 2014
LCCN: 2013046594

(The Fletcher Jones beginning Humanities Imprint)

Soccer is the world’s preferred game, and the Brazilian nationwide workforce is cherished round the planet for its appealing taking part in variety, the jogo bonito. With the main winning nationwide football staff within the background of the realm Cup, Brazil is the single state to have performed in each pageant and the winner of extra championships than the other state. football is perceived, like carnival and samba, to be quintessentially Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian.

Yet the perform and heritage of football also are synonymous with clash and contradiction as Brazil keeps its trajectory towards modernity and financial energy. the continued debate over how staff Brazil should still play and certainly characterize a kingdom of tough supporters bears on many an important aspects of a rustic riven by way of racial and sophistication tensions.

The kingdom of soccer is stuffed with enticing tales of superstar avid gamers and different key figures, in addition to amazing examine on neighborhood, nationwide, and overseas football groups. football lovers, students, and readers who're attracted to the heritage of recreation will emerge with a better realizing of the advanced courting among Brazilian football and the nation’s history.

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First off, soccer had not only become the national sport, but a key part of national culture. ” Based on this symbolism, the performance of Brazilian teams in international soccer competitions provided a ready measure of the nation’s standing vis-à-vis other countries. Regional rivalries— with Uruguay and especially Argentina—piqued Brazilian interest, but contests with European sides held special significance. From the very start of soccer’s history in the country, Europe—not just specific teams or countries but an imagined, united Europe—represented an ideal of modern civilization that Brazil should strive to attain or, if somehow possible, overcome.

Expressions of this reevaluation of “the AfroBrazilian” included the identification of traits, such as the ability to improvise in difficult circumstances, that came to be defined as inherently AfroBrazilian. The growth of state support for soccer, together with the examples that Afro-Brazilian icons supposedly provided, fed into this redefinition of Brazil and its futebol as not just the site but also the product of a tropical modern civilization. It is easy to understand the motives for the embrace of soccer by Getúlio Vargas and his allies, who had come into power in 1930.

127 After the fiasco of the 1934 World Cup, the government set about trying to instill greater patriotism and to provide better funding for the country’s next try. A campaign to sell stamps bearing the motto “Supporting the scratch [national team] is the duty of all Brazilians” raised money to support the team. 128 Finally, in 1941, the regime effected an across-the-board restructuring of Brazilian sports. 199 created confederations for six branches of sports, with corresponding federations in each state; together, these entities fell under the control of the National Sports Council (CND, Conselho Nacional de Desportos), which was in turn part of the Ministry of Education and Health.

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