This Love Is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Ju¿rez ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Robert Andrew Powell

This Love Is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Ju¿rez

Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: February 2012
ISBN: 9781608197170
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More than ten people are murdered every day in Ciudad Juárez, a city about the size of Philadelphia. As Mexico has descended into a feudal narco-state-one where cartels, death squads, the army, and local police all fight over billions of dollars in profits from drug and human trafficking-the border city of Juárez has been hit hardest of all. And yet, more than a million people still live there. They even love their impoverished city, proudly repeating its mantra: "Amor por Juárez."
Nothing exemplifies the spirit and hope of Juarenses more than the Indios, the city's beloved but hard-luck soccer team. Sport may seem a meager distraction, but to many it's a lifeline. It drew charismatic American midfielder Marco Vidal back from Dallas to achieve the athletic dreams of his Mexican father. Team owner Francisco Ibarra and Mayor José Reyes Ferriz both thrive on soccer. So does the dubiously named crew of Indios fans, El Kartel. In this honest, unflinching, and powerful book, Robert Andrew Powell chronicles a season of soccer in this treacherous city just across the Rio Grande, and the moments of pain, longing, and redemption along the way. As he travels across Mexico with the team, Powell reflects on this struggling nation and its watchful neighbor to the north. This story is not just about sports, or even community, but the strength of humanity in a place where chaos reigns.
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A portrait of a city

Sometimes you read a book and you can really see how it could be made into a film. There is no grand plot here, but the dimension and fabric of it would make a social and visual feast for the cinema. 'This Love is not for Cowards' sums up the tone of the book very well. Juarez is a city torn by violence, yet the people stand proud, hard working, and determined to stay. The terrorism that runs through the streets is not enough to see these people off; they love their city, and they love their football team - Los Indios. Powell writes about his time living there,the people, the football team's success (in the premiership but certain of relegation) and their fans. It makes a change to read something like this where football actually manages to unite people. Too often in British press you only hear about the conflict it creates. In Juarez, football is a leveller, a source of celebration and a symbol for the hope the natives of this city feel for their home. I knew nothing of this city and reading this was a real eye-opener. I would love it if they made this into a film because it would add richness to the hollywood drivel we are spoon-fed; it would be a film about every dimension of humanity and the drive of the human spirit to survive.
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