Eduardo galeano soccer in sun and shadow pdf
Soccer in sun and shadow
No one had more interesting things to say about the South American passion for football. But if he wrote about the trauma induced by that thrashing, nobody translated it into English. Either way, it was a loss. Galeano died this week in Montevideo, his birthplace, aged He was widely mourned as a great historian and novelist but none of the obituaries failed to mention that he was also the author of Football in Sun and Shadow.
Compared with this, what we knew before, what we played, was no more than a schoolboy's hobby. Businessmen buy him, sell him, lend him; and he lets it all happen in return for the promise of more fame and more money. The more successful he is and the more money he makes, the more of a prisoner he becomes: forced into military discipline, he suffers the punishing daily round of training and the bombardments of painkillers and cortisone to forget his aches and fool his body; and on the eve of big games, they lock him up in a concentration camp where he does forced labour, eats tasteless food, gets drunk on water and sleeps alone. In other human trades, decline comes with old age, but a player can be old at thirty. No one runs more.