Ng in a Brazilian shirt in 60 appearances Winning two world cups he became a cult legend in BrazilHis life was incredible He lost his virginity to a goat slept with hundreds of women and sired at least 14 children his affair and subseuent marriage to the singer Elza Soares that caught the imagination of a nation and led to them both being vilified He was profligate with money uninterested in football that he wasn t playing in and totally incapable of being faithfulBy the age of forty nine Garrincha was ead My Name is Bob destroyed by the excesses that made him such a fascinating figure Hisownfall makes for epressing but gripping readingThere is something that raws us to those genius sports stars who can t conuer their Billy Bragg demons andon t get the change to live the post retirement life they eserve Their flaws make them relatable and human As an Irishman you read the book feeling like its an alternate world story of George Best s life or even how the great Paul McGrath s life may have gone had he been born in BrazilRuy Castro has written a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating biography which is excellently translated by Andrew Downie It is a brilliant and etailed insight into a fascinating life of a genius player It is a comprehensive and worthy tribute to a footballer who had he played a few years later in the television era would be remembered as one of the all time greats The only ownside for me was the lack of etail on the social and cultural environment in which Garrincha lived I feel I learned an incredible amount about Garrincha but less than I expected about the Brazil of the 50 s and 60 sI first the read the book when the English translation came out in 2004 and I thoroughly enjoyed this reread I highly recommend it for any football fan and is a great companion book for watching Russia 2018See all my sports book reviews at Garrincha s my favourite footballer I remember when I was 18 and somewhat mentally ill staying up all night watching whatever crap was on TV At about 3am BBC Four stuck on a The Majors Daughter documentary with sign language in the corner if memory serves about Pele and Garrincha a player whose name I heard but about whom I knew nothing It was terrific You know you re watching something good when you Miss Shumway Waves a Wand don t even mind a Garth Crooks narration Within a few weeks I was wearing a Garrincha t shirt everywhere I was absolutely transfixed by this crooked legged genius The Joy of the People one of the people who played for love of the game whereas Pele was the as. O the singer Elza Soares that caught the imagination of a nation their mouth watering combination of soccer and samba made them the toast of 1960s Rio But by the age of forty nine Garrincha wasead estroyed by the excesses that made him so compelling‘Funny and moving zealously researched and lovingly told’ Daily Telegrap.
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Admitted read this in english GarrinhcaGREAT Any football fan would like this In summary he won two world cups while being a heavy alcoholic The parts before and after his career are also great The sort of unprofessionalism in this book has pretty much isappeared at top level football It s really unlikely that any world class footballer from now to the end of time could ever have a interesting biography Simply the best football book ever writtenGreat player with issues who was overshadowed by Pele A truly fantastic biography of a fantastic albeit On His Majestys Service deeply flawed footballer A fascinating biography of a very flawed Brazilian footballer Castrooesn t sugar coat or excuse the many failings of Garrincha and lets readers come to their own conclusions about the first Brazilian Superstar Footballer A very uick engaging read about a fantastic Brazilian soccerfutebol player that a lot of fans of today know little to nothing about Manuel Francisco Different Class de los Santos nicknamed Garrincha was aribbling legend probably the best who ever lived and a true joy of the people that helped Brazil reach the lofty heights of World Cup success in 58 and 62 as well as league championships for his professional club Botafogo in Rio The Essential Good Food Guide de Janeiro Even in 2018 when I visited Rio he was remembered in graffiti portraits on the white walls near Botafogo s HThe book was translated from Portuguese to English competently and there weren t too many glitches that were THATistractingThe book Textbook of Wisdom did a great job of chronicling Garrincha s rise from impoverished beginnings to the heights of football greatness with Garrincha seemingly and blissfully along for the ride coupled with prodigious amounts of alcohol cacha a primarily and womanizing The alcoholism eventually killed him as it so often needlesslyoes and the author In Defence of Dogs did a great jobocumenting Garrincha s ownfall as wellI highly recommend this book to any The City in Mind devoted soccer fan andor anyone interested in Brazil especially its history from the 1950s through the early 1980s My only criticisms about the book were the ENDLESS comments on how well endowed Garrincha was the lack ofiscussion on how Brazil s then military government essentially pimped him out for political purposes in the run up to the 66 World Cup the lack of Revenge (The Red Ledger discussion at the end of the book about Elza Soares the Brazilian samba singer and Garrincha s second wife who tried and failed to help him as well as the aftermath of Garrincha seath in 83 What a story this is most of. The World Cup Finals Sweden 1958 Brazil vs the fearsome USSRIn the opening three minutes 'the greatest three minutes in the history of football' one man wrote himself into the record books Brazil went on to win the cup and in Garrincha a star was bornGarrincha was the unlikeliest of footballers with a right leg that turned inw.
It is true Ruy Castro s 1995 biography of Brazil s first world renowned footballer No One Wants You doesn t just reveal the nitty gritty of Brazil s corrupt football fraternity but the evidence of the fatalamage inflicted literally metaphorically upon the little bird Manuel a native of very humble origins from the small factory town Pau Grande laughably translated into slang as Big Erection And he was by all accounts prodigiously endowed himself this little bird His crooked legs child like The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity disposition made him a natural football phenomenon unable to cope with many of the pressures of fame notoriety without resort to theemon alcohol promiscuous use of his legendary gentleman If it had a pulseit was sexual samba for our flawed but endearingly simple minded heroThe book charts his chaotic life with all its triumphs Penguins Poems for Life disasters all its bombast pathos an avid reader will take in by sensual osmosis almostthe vibrant atmosphere of Rio the wild vitality of Brazilians themselves The social problems of millions of Garrincha s fans are a backrop to this long rawn out carnival of a book skilfully translated by Andrew Downie The antidote that is football brings out the sheer chaos violence that is never far from the surface of Garrincha s life as his celebrated career stalls with his knee injuries his chronic unreliability increasingly his pervasive alcoholism His irresponsible passionate carnal relationships with several all too willing women only raw attention to his ingrained weaknesses as a partner husband father human being he never knows when to hold back on his primeval energies never knows when enough is enoughthe rivers of money just gush away ribble through his fingers are purloined by unscrupulous charlatans But he was a much loved figure amongst the footballing fraternity of Brazil many brave souls tried to save Garrincha from himselfbut ultimately failedA tremendous book for students of Brazilian life too Garrincha was the epitome of the flawed sporting hero the genius player whose personal emons led to an early Divine Beauty death Garrincha the booketails his life from his childhood in Pau Grande through the length of his career and his eventual Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone death from alcoholism It captures his amazing talent his playful charisma his colourful personal life and his uniue place in the hearts of Brazilian football fansBorn with crooked legs heefied all expectations and became one of the most successful players in international football history winning two World Cups and only once losi. Ards and a left that turned out but with a ball at his feet he had the poise of an angel He played for the love of the game uninterested in money and ignoring tactical advice And he was as wild off the pitch as he was mesmerising on it mischievous audacious and ripping with sex appealIt was his affair and subseuent marriage
Rui Castro na ortografia oficial Nasceu em 1948 Começou como repórter em 1967 no Correio da Manhã do Rio e passou por todos os grandes veículos da imprensa carioca e paulistana A partir de 1990 concentrou se nos livros Publicou entre muitos outros as biografias de Carmen Miranda Garrincha e Nelson Rodrigues e obras de reconstituição histórica sobre a Bossa Nova Ipanema e o Flamengo