Galeano ends his description of Jairzhino’s winning goal for Brazil in the 1970 World Cup with reference to the “hot breeze blowing from the south” (p. 155). As we discussed in class on Thursday, this can be read as an allusion to the Global South. Keep in mind that Brazil’s victory against England, a powerful European nation, came in the midst of national liberation struggles throughout (what was then known as) the Third World (this term has mostly fallen out of favor). What other references to the politics of imperialism can you find in Soccer in the Sun and Shadow? Why is soccer a useful lens through which to analyze the politics of imperialism? The “hot breeze blowing from the south” is a beautiful example of the use of metaphor. Can you find other examples of metaphor (or other literary techniques) in Soccer in the Sun and Shadow?
One of the goals for this class is to encourage you to work on your writing. It doesn’t matter how great of a writer you are—even extremely experienced writers, every time they write something new, work to develop their craft. In that spirit, I would ask you all, as an experiment, to challenge yourselves not to use the word “interesting” in your posts for this week. “Interesting” is a perfectly fine word (I use it all the time). But experimenting with our writing by putting limits on commonly used words is a useful way of developing our skills as writers.