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Though arguably dated, this is a nice intro to the soccer / football histories of individual nations, though granted, some essays are quirky and go off on tangents. These do capture the characters of teams and often a nation through essays by an assortment of authors, of whom Nick Hornby is probably the most famous? Check it out for an offbeat introduction or refresher before this World Cup begins! Spain's entry, as an example, reprises a time Barcelona lost and the attendant humiliation and ...more