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The Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil

Gregg Bocketti


This book explains how Brazilian football (soccer) became Brazilian, showing that this was a matter of choices made by Brazilian nationalists rather than an outgrowth of any “authentic” Brazilian identity, thus demonstrating the crafted nature and complexity of Brazilian identity and nationalism. It argues that the history of Brazilian football is best understood as a history of Brazilian ideas, arguments, and actions to make the country a modern, developed, and unified nation, and that the popular history of Brazilian football narrates a story of progress toward democracy and inclusion which ... More

Keywords: football, soccer, Brazil, narrative, invention, tradition, populism, nationalism, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062556
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregg Bocketti, author
Transylvania University