The new must read for football fans: 31 days that rocked Brazil

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Jorge Knijnik’s knowledge and experiences were on full display in this extraordinary book, delving into the unique cultural, political and social landscape engulfing the country of Brazil and its football.

31 days that rocked Brazil discusses how football tournaments like the World Cup can impact the nations psyche, but it also mentions the corrupt practices within the governing bodies of football in Brazil over the last few decades.

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Throughout the story, author Knijnik tells fascinating stories about the players and coaches who have made Brazilian football so iconic, as well as the stadiums in which they have performed.

He mentions the power hungry and corrupt leaders in the game who oversaw the decline of football in Brazil. And he also introduces us to the common people from his country who have battled against great odds to ensure Brazil serves its population more justly.

Knijnik aims to portray the idea that football has never defined Brazil’s identity. Instead it is the diversity, difficulties, qualities and challenges which give football its uniqueness as a sport.

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Overall, I loved the book, I thought it was a great read and it gave me superb insight into what goes on behind the scenes in one of the biggest footballing nations in the world.

It also opened my eyes to the problems Brazil have had not only in the footballing world but also politically, socially and culturally.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in growing their sports knowledge base. If you are a lover of football, but also want to know the impact football can have on a nation then this is the book for you.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.
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