El fútbol / O futebol / Le football

English cover of "O negro no futebol brasileiro"

With international soccer competitions reaching their final stages this week, LACC would like to share a display with some of its material that relate to the world’s most popular sport. Our display is currently placed in the front of our reference desk, located in the 3rd floor of the Smathers Library. Make sure to check it out next time you are in the building.

We also encourage you to explore our electronic catalog to access electronic resources on the topic. Here are some suggested titles:

The Black Man in Brazilian Soccer (Original: O negro no futebol brasileiro) – Written by Brazilian Journalist Mario Filho, after whom the famous Maracanã stadium is officially named, this book is considered a classic on inclusion of black men in professional soccer in Brazil. Despite virulent discrimination, the poor, working-class men of color first entered the game in the 1920s and 30s.

Fútbol a sol y sombra – In this book, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. Galeano takes us to ancient China, Victorian England, and to Latin America, where the “crazy English” spread the game only to find it creolized by the locals.

Beyond “Bend it Like Beckham” – Explores the history of women’s soccer, from North America, where women players are sporting celebrities, to places where women were banned from the sport until just a few years ago.

Fútbol postnacional – Analyzes the sociocultural implications of soccer in Europe and Latin America, as well as the economic transformations of the sport in the late 20th century.

Del Football al Futbol/Futebol – Focuses on the process of creolization of football in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in the 20th century, as well as its consolidation as a professional sport and object of passion of the masses.

Sul-americano de football 1916

Recommended external articles:

“Let the girl play”

“My American Dream”

“La Gran Gripe: así fue la pandemia que suspendió una Copa América en Brasil“