The Life of the Beautiful Game
The epilogue focuses on the futebol tradition since the 1940s, examining Brazil’s World Cup history. It discusses Brazilians’ reexamination of the Brazilian style and of ideas about race in the aftermath of the 1950 World Cup. It examines the triumphal years of 1958–1970, when teams which seemed to embody futebol won the tournament three times, but which could not assuage the doubts of the military which ruled Brazil (1964–1985). It examines debates about the teams of 1982 and 1994—the first considered an example of futebol at its best, the latter unpopular because it did not win beautifully. Finally, it considers World Cup 2014, which was advertised as a celebration of futebol by Brazilian organizers. It also helped propel an ongoing protest movement which cast doubt on the value of the futebol tradition, suggesting the tradition’s importance to Brazilians’ conversations about themselves and highlighting the importance of understanding its roots.
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