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 documentary with sign language in the corner if memory serves about Pele and garrincha a player whose name i d heard a player whose name I d heard about whom I knew nothing It was terrific You know you re watching something ood when you 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 Offenders and Detainees genius The Joy of the People one of the people who played for love of theame whereas Pele was the astute PR savvy capitalist who would never uite capture their imagination the same way Sixty one years after the pair took
brazil to world cup lory for the first to World Cup lory for the first Pele is still here a lobal brand Garrincha is forgotten by all but the most devout football history nerds dead some 36 years After the most meteoric of rises he experienced the steepest of declines illustrated by that infamous film of the steepest of declines illustrated by that infamous film of as an attraction on a carnival float a living zombie He was by most accounts a true innocent an almost childlike man exploited by a rapacious unforgiving world This book explodes that idea Garrincha who lost his virginity to a oat and barely stopped shagging from then on was a slave to his appetites which seemed charming at 21 and killed him by 50 His alcoholism which brought him so low wasn t some insular personal tragedy it inevitably ruined the lives of those around him while drink driving he ran over his dad and was in an accident that killed his mother in law he beat up at least two of his lovers Exhaustively researched the book debunks several of the most enduring and attractive myths about Garrincha invented by his Boswell Sandro Moreyra That s fairly. The World Cup Finals Sweden 1958 Brazil vs the fearsome USSRIn the opening three minutes 'the reatest 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. Natural football phenomenon unable to cope with many of the pressures of fame notoriety without resort to the demon alcohol promiscuous use of his legendary entleman If it had a pulseit was sexual samba for our flawed but endearingly simple minded heroThe book charts his chaotic life A fascinating biography of a very flawed Brazilian footballer Castro doesn t sugar coat or excuse the many failings of Garrincha and lets readers come to their own conclusions about the Garrincha and lets readers come to their own conclusions about the Brazilian Superstar Footballer Simply the best football book ever writtenGreat player with issues who was overshadowed by Pele GarrinhcaGREAT Garrincha was the epitome of the flawed sporting hero the Pele GarrinhcaGREAT Garrincha was the epitome of the flawed sporting hero the player whose personal demons led to an early death Garrincha the book details his life from his childhood in Pau Grande through the length of his career and hi 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 de los Santos nicknamed Garrincha was a dribbling 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 de Janeiro Even in 2018 when I visited Rio he was remembered in Hear the Wolves graffiti portrai A truly fantastic biography of a fantastic albeit deeply flawed footballer 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 alsoreat The sort of unprofessionalism in this book has pretty much disappeared 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 admitted read this in englis. 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 was dead destroyed by the excesses that made him so compelling‘Funny and moving zealously researched and lovingly told’ Daily Telegrap.
Ruy Castro ✓ 7 REVIEWImpressive if depressing and to some degree the book captures the darkness self destructiveness and pain of
The Man But It Barelyman but it barely the joy Perhaps that s because it s just so badly written So Is Translator Andrew Downie S Translator Andrew Downie S Biography translator Andrew Downie s recent biography 80s Brazilian superstar Socrates so perhaps that s where the problem lies or perhaps it s the same in Castro s original book Whatever this English version is stodgy and turgid full of tortured syntax laborious metaphors and abrupt changes in tone mood and location Ironic Valors Measure given the subject whosereat virtue was his BFI Film Classics graceful fluidity In a baffling omission Castro and Downie barely attempt to articulate the wonder of seeing Garrincha play and when they do it s via dry play by play accounts or vague anecdotes And weirdly despite the vast number of interviews that Castro undertook there are no direct uotes from any of them is that a uirk of Brazilian journalism It feels like a shortcoming Youet the facts here neatly established and marshalled into chronological order but there s no poetry And since the sheer joy of Garrincha is absent the transcendence he found on the field the exultance he inspired when the authors strip away the attendant myths all that s left is a selfish man with a 10 inch penis drinking himself to death What a story this is most of it is true Ruy Castro s 1995 biography of Brazil s first world renowned footballer doesn t just reveal the nitty Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan gritty of Brazil s corrupt football fraternity but the evidence of the fatal damage 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 disposition made him 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 theame uninterested in money and ignoring tactical advice And he was as wild off the pitch as he was mesmerising on it mischievous audacious and dripping with sex appealIt was his affair and subseuent marriage .