Coming this week: The run-up to the World Cup


The World Cup is only 12 days away.

I’ll be taking a closer look at the books above during the coming week, as I publish a series of posts delving into the literature, art, music and culture surrounding the world’s largest sporting event.

Most of these posts will be focused on the culture of soccer and its centrality in Brazil, this year’s host nation, and Latin America.

On Monday, I will begin with the state of the World Cup itself, and recent damaging allegations about match-fixing and corruption, and in particular, a lack of organization and other issues related to staging the tournament in Brazil.

There are quite a few new books about Brazil, soccer and the World Cup tied to this event, and some, like Alex Bellos’ 2002 book above, that are being re-issued. Those books, and many more, will be featured during the coming days on this blog, so please stay tuned.

It’s not hard for me to get excited about the World Cup, having covered one myself, and I’m really eager to see the event through new perspectives by examining books and other works devoted to it.

So please stay tuned!

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