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On the eve of the 2014 World Cup, New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey offers a personal perspective on the beautiful game
Blending witty travelogue with action on the field—and shady dealings in back rooms—George Vecsey offers an eye-opening, globe-trotting account of the last eight World Cups. He immerses himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and devoted fans and provides his up-close impressions of charismatic stars like Sócrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane, while also chronicling the rise of the U.S. men's and women's teams.
Vecsey shows how each host nation has made the World Cup its own, from the all-night street parties in Spain in 1982 to the roar of vuvuzelas in South Africa in 2010, as the game in the stadium is backed up by the game in the street. But the joy is sometimes undermined by those who style themselves the game's protectors.
With his characteristic sharp reporting and eye for detail, Vecsey brings this global event to vivid life and has written a perfect companion for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
1. The Goal That Changes Everything 1
2. The Making of a Fan 9
3. The Best Group Ever 21
4. Not Ready for Prime Time 42
5. The Kid Comes Back 47
6. The Sweetest Fans 63
7. Marking Maradona 69
8. Mr. Blatter Comes to America 93
9. The Big Event 99
10. America’s First Soccer Champion 120
11. Allons, Enfants 125
12. Americans Win World Cup—Again 149
13. The Year of the Outsiders 156
14. The Home I Was Always Seeking 186
15. Scandal and Head-Butt 190
16. Nelson Mandela Meets FIFA 209
17. Spain Makes a Breakthrough 213
18. Blatter Scores an Own Goal 229
19. The Age of Klinsmann 241
Epilogue: Back to the Roots 252
Appendix: Eight World Cups 255