REVIEWS

  • “It’s all here. Everything you should know about soccer, the world’s game.” Los Angeles Times

  • “This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book. . . . On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • “Stands out like Pelé on a field of second-stringers.” The New Yorker

  • “Since its first publication in 1995 . . . this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, ‘A pretty move, for the love of God,’ has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion—and a gift for putting it all into words. . . . An indispensible addition to soccer collections.” Booklist, starred review

  • “Between poetic descriptions of scores by famous players, Galeano provides political context and commentary. . . . A winning celebration of the beautiful game.” The New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] beautiful ode to the beautiful game.” Sports Illustrated

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