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The Mammoth Book of the World Cup
A guide to the one of the few truly international events. It covers everything from its roots in Uruguay in 1930 to the modern all-singing, all-dancing Greatest Show on Earth!
Paperback, 784 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Running Press Adult
(first published March 20th 2014)
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It's the most lively and best read of the World Cup reference book genre. See its fun listicles and all-time XIs. However, it's truly astounding how wrong -- in other words typically English or different than mine -- all the writer's opinions are about players, games results, etc... For example, he can't possibly rate Gerd Müller over Il Fenomeno Ronaldo, can he?
Good, but probably best treated as a reference, rather than a cover-to-cover read (which is the route I took). It helps to be a Brit, since there's a fair bit of slang. Some near-random insertions of team lineups, refs, cautions, and dismissals (while completely ignoring other games), and some padding (the "Heaven XI" bits in particular). This is fantastic candidate for an iPad book: it would have been so great to be able to click to see specific clips (or a few of the classic games in their ent ...more
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