Quercus buys football title by Constable editor

Quercus has acquired a history of Latin American football, written by Constable publishing director Andreas Campomar.

Editor-in-chief Jon Riley pre-empted world rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander Associates, with the book to be published to coincide with the 2014 World Cup.

¡Golazo!: From the Aztecs to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil—A History of Latin American Football will look at the footballing heroes of the continent—such as Maradona, Pele and Messi—as well as examining how countries from Uruguay to Argentina have dominated the game and contributed a unique national style. The book will touch on journalism, literature, art, politics and economics, explaining how generals, managers, corruption and bankruptcy have all played their part in the history of the game in the region.

Riley said: "¡Golazo! will be irresistible, the book which will tell the stories of the beauties, complexities, passions and rivalries of the game in Latin America. It can't arrive from Andreas early enough."

Campomar said: "To understand Latin America one must first understand her football. For football is in many respects the key to the whole region . . . I'm thrilled to be published by such a vital and forward-thinking publishing house. And in Jon, I am fortunate to have one of the best editors in the business."