Known as one of the world’s most soccer-crazed countries, “futebol” is stitched into all aspects of Brazilian daily life. As a five-time World Cup winner, the national story is one of triumph, creativity, and determination–though with Brazil set to host the 2014 World Cup, recent developments have led FIFA to rethink its host country selection procedures. David Goldblatt’s Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer, traces this complex history, highlighting the teamwork, drive, and die-hard fans, as well as the game’s lesser-known side effects: political corruption and deep inequality. The violent protests at Brazil’s 2013 Confederations Cup exemplify the underlying issues in Brazil that are overshadowed by the people’s fiery devotion to the game–issues with the power to either unite or destroy the country.
Presented by: Town Hall in partnership with Pitzer College, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Learn more: Listen to Goldblatt discuss Futebal Nation.