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Fintar o destino: between the colonial bond and a postcolonial double-bind

Miranda, Rui



The article addresses Fernando Vendrell’s Fintar o destino [Dribbling Fate] (1998) by considering the appropriation of sports by the Portuguese Estado Novo’s colonialist ideology and policies (inspired by Gilberto Freyre’s lusotropicalist theories). In parallel, it highlights the role that football in particular plays in underwriting and simultaneously undermining affective, cultural, and economic bonds and binds between Cape Verde and Portugal, pre- and post-independence. The connections between former colony and metropolis, as viewed through the lens of the increasingly globalized and commercialized world of football, go beyond (post)colonial nostalgia, as sport may be seen — the emergence of neo-colonial patterns notwithstanding — to provide a platform for a reimagining of individual and collective hopes and challenges.


Miranda, R. (2018). Fintar o destino: between the colonial bond and a postcolonial double-bind. Portuguese Studies, 34(2), 148-166.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 2, 2018
Publication Date Oct 2, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 3, 2019
Print ISSN 0267-5315
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 148-166
Series Title The cinema of Fernando Vendrell
Series ISSN 0267–5315
Keywords Fernando Vendrell, cinema, football, sport, Lusotropicalism.
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