A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 421 pages
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There is no sporting event more popular than the World Cup. For one month every four years, hundreds of millions of people around the planet turn their attention to the tournament. People call in sick to work. Fans pack into bars to watch games or stay home for days at a time glued to their TV sets. Even wars stop. Nothing else seems to matter. The first World Cup, won by Uruguay in 1930, featured just 13 teams. Today, the tournament includes 32 nations, and the final alone is watched by an estimated global audience that exceeds one billion viewers. Without a doubt, soccer or football is the planet's pastime, and the World Cup is the ultimate sporting event. In A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this international phenomenon, providing vivid accounts of individual games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to modern times. The book also highlights the players and coaches who left their mark on the competition over the past six decades, including Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, of course, Pele. Though other histories of the World Cup largely ignore the U.S.'s contribution to the competition, this volume highlights the progress of the American teams over the last several decades. And while the scope of this book allows American fans to more thoroughly enjoy a history of the World Cup the book will be of interest to any fan of the sport. Featuring a glossary of terms, statistics for each competition, photos, and profiles of the most memorable and controversial figures of the sport, A History of the World Cup provides a fascinating read for fans of the game.
  

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A comprehensive book for anyone who wants to know about soccer's major event. Every FIFA World Cup since Uruguay 1930 until Germany 2006.

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I was hoping this would have more "behind-the-scenes" history of the World Cup. Instead, it is basically a play-by-play summary of every single World Cup game interspersed with brief bios of some of the most famous players. Useful as a reference work, but not what I wanted. Read full review

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Contents

THE WORLD CUP IS BORN
1
THE FIRST STEPS
9
BRAZIL IS BORN
44
PELÉ THE KING
93
TOTAL FOOTBALL
128
THE HAND OF GOD
189
A NEW FRONTIER
247
FOURZA ITALIA
319
GLOSSARY
359
WORLD CUP STATS
363
WORLD CUP RECORDS
411
BIBLIOGRAPHY
415
INDEX
417
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
421
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About the author (2007)

Clemente A. Lisi started his journalism career as a freelance sports writer for the Scripps Howard News Service. His work has also appeared in magazines like Soccer Digest and websites such as Goal.com. Lisi is currently a news reporter at the New York Post.

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