Garrincha: The Triumph & Tragedy of Brazil's Forgotten Footballing Hero

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9780224064330: Garrincha: The Triumph & Tragedy of Brazil's Forgotten Footballing Hero

The unlikely rise and colourful life of a flawed sporting legend — one of the architects of the footballing magic that we now associate with Brazil’s “beautiful game.”

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RUY CASTRO has worked for many of Brazil's top newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of several biographies and collections of quotations. His most recent works include Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music that Seduced the World and Rio de Janeiro: Carnival under Fire. He is currently working on a biography of Carmen Miranda. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.

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"Castro's biography is funny and moving, zealously researched and lovingly told. This excellent new translation by Andrew Downie means English readers can properly appreciate one of the most incredible lives in the history of sport" -- Alex Bellos * Daily Telegraph * "Passionate, fascinating and surprisingly moving ... a worthy tribute... According to Gazza, Gascoigne has limited interest in books. He should be persuaded to make an exception for Garrincha. He would learn more about himself than by reading his own autobiography" -- Josh Lacey * Guardian * "[A] powerfully atmospheric and beautifully rendered life of one of Brazil's greatest ever players... A sad and fantastic book" -- Harry Pearson * When Saturday Comes * "[Castro's] research is exhaustive and exemplary" -- Brian Glanville * Sunday Times * "A compelling page-turner, warts and all" * Scotland on Sunday *

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