By Eduardo Galeano
The attractive online game merits a gorgeous publication, and Eduardo Galeano—one of Latin America’s so much acclaimed authors—has written it. From Aztec champions sacrificed to soothe the gods, to the targets that have been actually scored into wood posts in Victorian England, to Spain’s victory within the 2010 global Cup, Soccer in sunlight and Shadow is a heritage of the game not like any other.
Galeano portrays the irruption of South American football that made the sport elegant: the dependent, mischievous, pleased kind in response to deft dribbling, shut passes, and fast adjustments in rhythm, perfected by means of negative black kids who had no toy yet a rag ball. He describes the superstitions that vex avid gamers, the martyrdom of referees, the beautiful distress of enthusiasts, the unhappy denouement of stars previous their prime.
Striding around the pages are avid gamers born with the ball—and whole nations—at their ft: Arthur Friedenreich, the son of a German immigrant and a black washerwoman, who first introduced Brazilian kind from the slums into the stadiums; Brazil’s Garrincha, whose physique, warped through polio, can make the ball dance; and the Dutch nice Ruud Gullit, who campaigned opposed to apartheid off and on the pitch. And, after all, Beckenbauer, Pelé, Cruyff, and Maradona, a guy blessed with “the hand of God” and a left foot both as divine.
Soccer in solar and Shadow strains the increase of the football and the concurrent voyage “from good looks to duty”: makes an attempt to impose a football of lightning pace and brute strength, one who disdains myth and forfeits play for effects. Eduardo Galeano, who describes himself as “a beggar for reliable soccer,” provides the world’s hottest game the entire poetry, ardour, and politics it merits.