The goal was extraordinary, but I made it: Five years (2005-2010) investigating about football in all regions of the world through of two hundred coaches and players from thirty-eight nationalities.
The result of all this is in the book Football Planet: from Brazil to Afghan Frontier, just launched in Brazil.
The footballers talks about the structural differences of clubs in the cities with big tradition around the world as London, Milan, Madrid, Athens, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Mumbai, Tokyo, Mexico City and the great regional rivalries in places like….Suaziland, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Guatemala, Maldives Islands, Nepal and Balochistán region (Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier).
There are reports of one hundred countries from all continents in this book. Football in pure condition. Something unprecedented..
Yes, the football from the old Albion is highlighted in the book; from early days of professionalism to the extremely bold and strong marketing from present days. The vision of coaches and players who faced in the pitch big teams from recent years like the Manchester United with Cristiano Ronaldo, the Chelsea with Mourinho, the Arsenal with Thierry Henry and the Liverpool, European Champion in 2005. At the end, Andrew Young, ex-former fitness coach at Fulham, talks about the Boxing Day and New Year period, the football on December 26 in England, and how to prepare a team in this period (December 23/24 – January 2/3) , which are the most exhausting fixtures of the schedule.
Join the book commenting their experiences at highest level, the Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel, world champion in 1994, the strikers Iván Zamorano, ex-Real Madrid and Internazionale, Davor Suker, top scorer in World Cup 98, and Fernando Morientes, ex-Real Madrid and Valencia. In addition, players like Ronald De Boer, Abel Balbo, Damiano Tommasi, Felipe Melo and others from 38 countries around the world.
Explaining the capa..
Two reasons: The region of Balochistan, which comprises the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier and part of Iran, is the most remote place where I got sources to tell me about the local reality. Moreover, the image of Afghan kids having fun playing football in an environment precarious and horrible structure shows how the football is socially powerful. The depth of the image touched me. It expressed a special feeling.
* The book was only released in Brazil in Portuguese language. If anyone knows any editors who want to translate the original text and publish anywhere in the world, please feel free to contact the author: Renato Andreao – firstname.lastname@example.org
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