An Entirely Different Game, by Aidan Hamilton

Aidan HamiltonThis is a book about the origins of Brazilian football, and particularly the British influence on those early days. Everyone knows the story of Charles Miller, arriving at the port of Santos in 1894 with a ball and a rule book, but there were many other key figures, and not just players. Hamilton painstakingly researches the administrators and referees as well and shows just how they influenced football in its early days in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The book has valuable biographical info about Miller and is filled with interesting details and stories tying the UK and Brazil as football started to emerge as a global game.

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