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Death Or Glory: The Dark History Of The World Cup

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In 1974 Zaire’s football team were summoned into a room in their West German hotel and told that if they lost to Brazil by more than three goals the following day they would never see their families again.

In this astonishing book Jon Spurling has travelled the world to scratch beneath the glossy, confetti-strewn surface of the world’s biggest sporting event to uncover its

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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A fun and fast read that still treats it's subject very seriously. John Spurling travels the world in search of the dark side of Football's biggest tournament. Each chapter focuses on a World Cup in which a dictator was involved, usually with heartbreaking results.
Derek Bell
Treads a familar path but has some insight. Some of the interviewees seem strange choices - just random fans, and some of the stories seem little more than rumour and heresay.
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