By Paul Hansford
Each 4 years in June, the planet grinds to a halt to witness the pursuit of 1 of sport's maximum prizes: the FIFA international Cup. With a background populated via legends, scandal and diplomatic incidents, the area Cup has noticeable greater than its fair proportion of triumph, heartbreak and intrigue – let alone dictators, mood tantrums and the tears of fully-grown men...
Join writer Paul Hansford on a trip into the (sometimes darkish) middle of the realm Cup, the place the largest names in soccer – Pelé, Maradona, Moore, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Ronaldo – cast their legends, and the place the bizarre and beautiful aspect of the game – from shoeless strikers and stolen trophies to psychic Dutchmen and domestic dog disruptions – captures the world's imagination.
Complete with a profile of each international Cup from 1930 to 2010, in addition to a glance on the tournament's cult heroes, footballing superpowers, stunning moments and most sensible conspiracy theories, this can be your crucial significant other to the best – and maddest – month in international soccer.
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Gelett Burgess There Was An Old Man There was an old man on whose nose Most birds of the air could repose; But they all flew away At the close of the day, Which relieved that old man and his nose. —Edward Lear Famous Limericks 57 Tut-Ankh-Amen Tut-Ankh-Amen, best known as old Tankh, Was a Pharaoh of infinite rank; But his sarcophagus Wouldn't cause all this fuss If his name had been Freddie or Frank. " Which grieved that old lady of France. —Edward Lear Well Protected Oh, I'm glad I'm protected from knocks, From my necktie clear down to my socks, And padded and bolstered Fenced in and upholstered With muscles to take up the shocks.