The latest ‘Rugby Reloaded’ talks to Professor Matthew Brown about his new book ‘Sports in South America. A History’. It’s a panoramic view of the birth of modern sport on the continent from the mid-1800s to the first FIFA world cup in 1930.

The book covers the full range of sports but our interview focuses on some of the key themes of football history: why ideas about ‘fathers of football’ are mistaken, questioning the importance of railways in soccer’s development, why rugby never became a mass spectator sport, the problems faced by women athletes, and much more.

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