With five world titles and an unbroken string of big stars who dribbled their way through the decades, Brazil is football's given superpower.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Rio’s correspondent Henrik Brandão Jönsson traveled around the giant nation to come close to the main football profiles.
The result is chapters like:
Pele and Neymar – Brazil's past and future
The football commentator who eclipses the players
Romário – The killer who has become top politician
Brazil's most denigrated footballers
The Amazonas football queens
The Grass Is Always Greener in Brazil depicts the Brazilian football history from Charles Miller, who landed in Santos with Brazil's first leather ball for more than a century ago, to today's gem Neymar. But it is also a book about the breathtaking contrasts in the country of football, Brazil.
Brandão Jönsson writes in world class!
The Grass Is Always Greener in Brazil is also in an international comparison quite an extraordinary book about football and society. The author plays definitely in the same league as giants like Simon Kuper, Franklin Foer and Erik Niva. In the tournament’s "World Cup-Literature 2014" Henrik Brandão Jönsson’s work has already made it to the semi-finals!
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