Category Archives: Galeano

Eduardo Galeano: Splendori e miserie del calcio

Quello di Eduardo Galeano, Splendori e miserie del calcio, è forse il libro più famoso mai scritto sul calcio. Il libro è composto di 150 brevi brani, alcuni su temi generici (“Il gol”), altri assai più circoscritti (“Gol di Atilio”). Nell’insieme, il risultato è un ampio affresco della storia del calcio rivisitata, come l’autore chiarisce… Read More »

“Le Football, ombre et lumière” de Galeano

Le Football, ombre et lumière d’Eduardo Galeano, est l’un des livres les plus encensés par la critique jamais écrits sur le football. La forme et le contenu sont particulièrement uniques : plutôt que de proposer aux lecteurs une suite de noms, de chiffres et de dates, Galeano leur offre 150 vignettes qui abordent des aspects différents… Read More »

Reading Galeano

Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow is one of the most lauded books written about soccer to this day. Rather than providing a standard ‘nuts and bolts’ account of the game, forcing the reader to sift through countless names, dates and statistics, Galeano instead provides his readers with 150 short sketches about the game.… Read More »

Violencia, futbol y ley: Colombia.

“No hay nada menos mudo que las gradas sin nadie” (P.259), escribió Galeano en  su libro “El futbol a sol y sombra.” Sin duda alguna Galeano estaba en lo correcto. No existe algo más deprimente que un estadio sin espectadores y muy seguramente no existe algo más deprimente para un jugador de futbol que jugar sin el… Read More »

Will the U.S. Ever Truly Master the ‘Art’ of Soccer?

In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano proclaims the United States to be “the home of baseball” and sarcastically describes efforts by the American media to herald soccer as “the sport of the future” during the 1994 World Cup. Americans, however, do not necessarily appreciate soccer to a lesser extent than others. As of… Read More »

“Der Ball ist rund, und Tore lauern ueberall…”

In den naechsten drei Wochen werden wir Eduardo Galeanos Buch “El futbol a sol y sombra” in der deutschen neuaufgelegten Fassung von 2014, “Der Ball ist rund, und Tore lauern ueberall” lesen.In kurzen Vignetten erzaehlt der Autor virtuos und bildreich die Geschichte des Fussballs: Charakterisierungen beruehmter Spieler, Spiele, Fouls und Tore, Anekdoten des europaeischen und suedamerikanischen… Read More »

El fútbol a sol y sombra

En su libro El fútbol a sol y sombra, el escritor uruguayo Eduardo Galeano nos ofrece una historia del fútbol muy personal, desde sus más remotos “orígenes” en culturas ancestrales hasta el Mundial de Sudáfrica 2010. A lo largo del libro, nos encontraremos también con sus opiniones e ideas acerca de diversos aspectos del deporte rey,… Read More »

Writing in Galeano’s Shadow

Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow is widely viewed as one of the most lauded books written about soccer to this day. Rather than providing a standard ‘nuts and bolts’ account of the game, forcing the reader to sift through countless names, dates and statistics, Galeano instead provides his readers with 150 short sketches… Read More »

Tim Howard for President: Why We Love Goalkeepers

Rule Number One of Soccer: You may not use your arms or hands. Unless you’re the goalie. Goalkeepers lead a strange existence in the football world. Their highly specialized position places them somewhat above the law and often removes them from the majority of the action during the game. In fact, you really don’t want your… Read More »

Galeano’s Goals: “Goal by Bettega”

Eduardo Galeano, in Soccer and Sun and Shadow (London: Verso, 2003), provides beautiful descriptions of famous goals from footballing history. Here is one of his descriptions, and a video of the goal. What do you think of the description? Can you find clips of other goals he describes? “It was at the ’78 World Cup.… Read More »