A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010
There is no sporting event more popular than the World Cup. For one month every four years, hundreds of millions of people around the world 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, and even wars stop. Nothing else seems to matter.
In A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010, Clemente Lisi chronicles this international phenomenon, providing vivid accounts of individual games from the tournament's origins in 1930 to modern times. It features a glossary of terms, statistics for each competition, photos, and profiles of the most memorable—and controversial—figures of the sport, including Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, of course, Pelé. Though other histories of the World Cup largely ignore the United States' contribution to the competition, this volume highlights the progress of the American teams over the last several decades.
Updated with a new chapter on the 2010 World Cup and with profiles of those players who stood out in the latest competition—along with revised statistical information—A History of the World Cup provides a fascinating read for fans of the game.
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1994 World Cup able AC Milan Americans Argentina Austria Azzurri Baggio ball past beat Belgium Brazil Brazilians Bulgaria Cameroon champions Championship chance Chile club coach competition country’s crowd Czechoslovakia defeated defense Draw Loss GF Dutch England fans field FIFA finished four years earlier France free kick French Garrincha GF GA Pts goalkeeper Group halftime headed the ball header Holland host Hungary Italians Italy Italy’s june june 11 league lineup Maradona match Mexico midfield minutes later minutes left national team Northern Ireland offensive overtime Paraguay Pelé penalty kick Played Win Draw players Poland Portugal qualifying quarterfinals red carded referee Romario Ronaldo Rossi round of sixteen scoreless Scotland second half semifinals shot soccer South Africa South Korea Spain Stadium striker Sweden Switzerland team’s teammates tied the score took the lead tournament trophy Uruguay USSR victory West Germany Win Draw Loss winner World Cup finals yellow card Yugoslavia Zidane