Soccer Champions: River Plate
Soccer Champions: River Plate
Soccer Champions: River Plate

Soccer Champions: River Plate

Jim Whiting (Author)

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A chronicle of the people, matches, and world events that shaped the South American men's Argentine soccer team known as River Plate, from its founding in 1901 to today.

Part of the Soccer Champions series

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The “Soccer Champions” series introduces professional soccer teams around the world. Each volume discusses the sport and its tournaments within the relevant country and region, then follows up with chapters tracing the team’s history and emphasizing its most memorable achievements and star players. The writing is at its best when spotlighting an outstanding player or era rather than detailing decades of a venerable club’s up and downs. With large glossy pages and plenty of color photos, the series has visual appeal. The many quotes are attributed within the text to the speaker or writer, but there are no appended notes identifying sources. Instead, the back matter includes features on six memorable matches and six outstanding players, boxes showing title-winning seasons, and brief lists of books and websites. Boca Juniors tells of Boca Juniors, a team formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1905. LA Galaxy introduces the Galaxy, a Los Angeles team that first took the field in 1996. River Plate tells of Club Atlético River Plate, in Buenos Aires. Longtime local rivals of Boca Juniors, they started to play in 1901. Santos FC celebrates Brazil’s Santos Football Club from its beginnings, in 1912, to the present. The volumes on American teams may be the most useful, since they are seldom covered in other soccer-book series.

–Carolyn Phelan, Booklist , 2/15/2019

Reviews

The “Soccer Champions” series introduces professional soccer teams around the world. Each volume discusses the sport and its tournaments within the relevant country and region, then follows up with chapters tracing the team’s history and emphasizing its most memorable achievements and star players. The writing is at its best when spotlighting an outstanding player or era rather than detailing decades of a venerable club’s up and downs. With large glossy pages and plenty of color photos, the series has visual appeal. The many quotes are attributed within the text to the speaker or writer, but there are no appended notes identifying sources. Instead, the back matter includes features on six memorable matches and six outstanding players, boxes showing title-winning seasons, and brief lists of books and websites. Boca Juniors tells of Boca Juniors, a team formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1905. LA Galaxy introduces the Galaxy, a Los Angeles team that first took the field in 1996. River Plate tells of Club Atlético River Plate, in Buenos Aires. Longtime local rivals of Boca Juniors, they started to play in 1901. Santos FC celebrates Brazil’s Santos Football Club from its beginnings, in 1912, to the present. The volumes on American teams may be the most useful, since they are seldom covered in other soccer-book series.

–Carolyn Phelan, Booklist, 02/15/19

This exciting book chronicles the people, matches and world events that have shaped the South American men's Brazilian soccer team known as Flamengo. Flamengo, started in 1912, is still active today. Its players and fans are known for their loyalty and zest for the game of soccer. The book highlights famous players such as Zico, who played for both the Brazilian national team and Flamengo. Bright pictures, photographs, charts and graphs add great detail to this nonfiction text. A timeline of memorable Flamengo matches (such as the 1995 Flamengo vs. Fluminense game) is located in the back of the book, along a list of famous "footballers." Addresses for websites readers can use to learn more and an index to help readers quickly get reference material needed for book reports and projects. Flamengo is a must-read for young soccer players and fans ages nine to fourteen.

–Nancy Masterson, Children's Literature, 09/01/2021

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