By Clemente Angelo Lisi
There's no carrying occasion extra well known than the realm Cup. For one month each 4 years, enormous quantities of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their cognizance to the match. humans name in ill to paintings. fanatics pack into bars to observe video games or remain domestic for days at a time glued to their television units. Even wars cease. not anything else turns out to topic. the 1st global Cup, gained by way of Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. at the present time, the match comprises 32 countries, and the ultimate by myself is watched by way of an envisioned worldwide viewers that exceeds a thousand million audience. no doubt, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the area Cup is the last word carrying occasion. In A historical past of the area Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, offering shiny money owed of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to trendy instances. The booklet additionally highlights the gamers and coaches who left their mark at the pageant over the last six many years, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, after all, PelZ. even though different histories of the realm Cup mostly forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the development of the yankee groups during the last numerous a long time. And whereas the scope of this booklet permits American fanatics to extra completely take pleasure in a heritage of the area Cup_the publication might be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, statistics for every festival, images, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A heritage of the area Cup presents a desirable learn for enthusiasts of the sport.
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Extra resources for A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006
Argentina, on the other hand, was already one of the strongest teams in South America and now wanted to prove it was the best in the world. The other semifinal pitted Uruguay against Yugoslavia and was played the following day at the Centenario Stadium. A boisterous crowd of 93,000 greeted the hosts and the prospect of reaching the final was on everyone’s mind. Those hopes were temporarily dashed when Seculic put Yugoslavia ahead after just four minutes. Dread turned to celebration when a goal by Cea and another by Anselmo in a span of two minutes put the Celeste ahead, 2–1.
Austria’s loss almost turned into England’s gain. The British associations, still not members of FIFA, were invited to play at the World Cup. qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 34 CHAPTER 2 four declined. The vacancy left by Austria led FIFA to invite the English players again, but they refused, saying they didn’t have enough time to prepare for the competition. FIFA secretary Ivo Schricker thought having England’s participation would add some credibility to the tournament. ” The game proved what many had already suspected: England was the better team.
The Wunderteam showed signs of fatigue following its loss against Italy four days earlier in the Milan mud and offered little resistance, falling behind 1–0 on a goal by Lehner after just thirty seconds—the quickest goal of the tournament. The Germans went on to win 3–2. Upon the Austrians return to their country, many in the country blamed the team’s poor showing on Meisl, who promptly resigned. The Austrian FA declined his resignation and Meisl remained at the helm—at least for now. The Final Austria’s downfall was the last thing on Mussolini’s mind.
A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi