The story of the World Cup :the essential companion to Brazil 2014
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The world’s leading football tournament has a dramatic and, at times, controversial history.
Brian Glanville was football correspondent for the Sunday Times for thirty-three years and then sports columnist for the People. In this revised edition of his book, first published as The Sunday Times history of the World Cup in 1973, he celebrates the great players and matches from the World Cup’s debut in Uruguay in 1930 to South Africa in 2010.
Each tournament is studied individually with a brief account of the background to that tournament, the contenders, the early games, and the final game. There is also a list of results for each tournament.
Glanville has strong feelings about the tournament and is open about his discontent. He clearly attacks those he feels have mismanaged the ‘beautiful game’. This makes the book feel more personal rather than just a list of statistics.
With this year’s tournament throwing up some interesting results and shock knockouts, now is the perfect time to discover, or reaquaint ourselves, with previous tournaments.
Further details of The story of the World Cup can be found on our catalogue.