The ESPN World Cup Companion

The ESPN World Cup Companion

Everything You Need to Know About the Planet's Biggest Sporting Event

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
Nothing unites—and excites—the sporting planet like a World Cup. For one month every four years, billions of people rearrange their lives, play hooky, and ignore their loved ones in order to watch 22 men kick a ball in pursuit of a small gold statue and athletic immortality.


On the eve of one of the most historically significant World Cup of all—the first to be held in Africa—you need a tour guide more than ever. Learned yet lively, elegantly designed, and bursting with historical photos, The ESPN World Cup Companion celebrates every World Cup since 1930, highlighting each era’s Greatest Players, Games, Teams, Players, Rivalries, and Cult Figures. But coauthors David Hirshey and Roger Bennett relish the game for all its beauty and vulgarity, subtlety and brutality, examining every aspect of World Cup culture; here you’ll find a rogue’s gallery of the game’s biggest divas and divers, the DNA of the world’s powerhouses, the psychodrama of the penalty shoot out, the physics of the free kick, the five soccer fans you’ll meet in hell, and even the art of scoring off the field.  
 
The ESPN World Cup Companion captures all the sweat, blood, tears, and bad hairdos of the last 80 years. Whether you’re a casual fan or a long-time aficionado of the sport, this book bridges the gap between merely watching the planet’s biggest sporting event and truly understanding it.
 
So paint your face, hoist your vuvuzela, or just grab your trusty remote, but whatever you do make sure The ESPN World Cup Companion is by your side.


Baker & Taylor
Published to coincide with the 2010 World Cup, a fan's chronicle profiles every World Cup competition since 1930 while listing highlights of best and worst players, top teams and most noteworthy rivalries, in a volume that also discusses cultural aspects of the game.

Baker
& Taylor

Published to coincide with the 2010 World Cup, a fan's chronicle profiles every World Cup competition since 1930 while listing highlights of best and worst players, top teams, most noteworthy rivalries, and cultural aspects of the game.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books : ESPN Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345517920
034551792X
Characteristics: xvi, 251p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Bennett, Roger 1970-

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