By Jorge Knijnik

The World Cup Chronicles, 31 Days that Rocked Brazil—Jorge Knijnik

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Jorge Knijnik's The World Cup Chronicles - 31 Days that Rocked Brazil, is a unique and different look at the 2014 World Cup and its social, cultural, political and sporting impact on the people of Brazil.

The World Cup wasn't 'just' a football tournament for Brazilian people - even though it came to be defined by the infamous 7-1 semi-final result against eventual winners, Germany - but it was part of the national psyche and important social change, overlaid by what we now know as corrupt practices within world football which included those in power in football in Brazil over decades.

Knijnik's book looks at before, during and after the World Cup and discusses the much-vaunted legacy issues to which FIFA has always pointed as being what they give back to a nation.

In the words of Luiz Guilherme Piva, Brazilian economist and political scientist: 

"As I read through all chapters of this excellent book, my views over Brazil and football have been reinforced: football has never defined Brazil’s arguably single identity and culture; instead, as regarded and described by Jorge Knijnik, it is Brazil as a country, with its diversity, its difficulties, its qualities and its challenges that gives to football its uniqueness as a sport. Brazil is football’s own particular country."


More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-6481333-1-5
  • Weight: 380g
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Pages: 164 (+ 4 pages of photos)
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

Jorge Knijnik was born in the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state. He moved to Sao Paulo with his family as a child and began his love for football whilst watching Pele play in the Pacaembu stadium. 

​Jorge writes and researches on a number of topics, including sport in society, culture, and history; gender and human rights in education; physical education pedagogies; drama studies; and fandom culture.   

​Jorge's current research examines the socialization process within football fans in Greater Western Sydney and how football fandom has the potential to make a significant contribution to community cohesion and regeneration in the area. He is also involved in a number of projects that examine the political and cultural contradictory legacies of sports mega-events in Brazil. 

​Jorge is an Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University (School of Education and Institute for Culture & Society), and kives in Sydney with his wife and four children, where he enjoys the beautiful beaches and his bike rides—but misses the Brazilian rhythms. 

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