Love and Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks

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Harcourt, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 264 pages
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Every four years the thirty-two-team, sixty-four-game World Cup captivates the planet’s populace for a month. Work absenteeism skyrockets. Political campaigns grind to a halt. Fans mortgage their houses to buy tickets. And teams employ every means possible—even consulting witch doctors and astrologers—in their quest for national glory.

Veteran soccer commentator Jamie Trecker traveled to Germany for FIFA World Cup 2006. Here, reported from the restaurants, trains, bars, town squares, hostels, press boxes, and brothels, is his unvarnished account of the games and parties, great plays and fistfights, gossip and tacky souvenirs that turn the largest sporting event on earth into a true world bazaar. With equal measures insight and irreverence, Trecker captures the passion, politics, controversies, and economics that make soccer a reflection of the world.

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Review: Love and Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

An account of the 2006 World Cup, as well as a series of observations on what makes the sport so great and how FIFA seems determined to spoil it. This book is worth reading, no matter if you like ... Read full review

Review: Love and Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks

User Review  - Emma Cardenas - Goodreads

Aside from some typos in footballers names, I absolutely LOVED this book! Jamie does a great job of capturing the spirit of what a World Cup is like, so much so that I could visualize it in my head as I read. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Lead soccer columnist for Fox Sports and an analyst for Fox Soccer Channel, JAMIE TRECKER is a contributor to the New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as well as the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, and Loaded magazine. He lives in Chicago.

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