Author Archives: Crystal McCarthy

Brilliant Orange, Magnificent Yellow

Football is creative and expressive, however, more often than not, the creativity on the field is an expression of the society off the field. In David Winner’s “Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer” he analyzes how the rise of TotalFootball in Holland during the 1960s reflected a theme of “totality” that was evident… Read More »

Rainbow Colored Football Country

In a Brazilian culture where dark skinned Afro-Brazilians were “less than” the lighter skinned members of their society, they sought to move upwards and gain recognition, respect, and a sense of national identity. The best way to do this? Through football. The Afro-Brazilians thrived on the football field because they learned how to play in… Read More »