A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi

By Clemente Angelo Lisi

There's no wearing occasion extra well known than the realm Cup. For one month each 4 years, countless numbers of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their realization to the event. humans name in ill to paintings. fanatics pack into bars to monitor video games or remain domestic for days at a time glued to their television units. Even wars cease. not anything else turns out to topic. the 1st international Cup, received via Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. this day, the match comprises 32 countries, and the ultimate on my own is watched through an predicted international viewers that exceeds a thousand million audience. indubitably, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the realm Cup is the final word wearing occasion. In A background of the area Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, offering brilliant money owed of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to fashionable occasions. The ebook additionally highlights the avid gamers and coaches who left their mark at the festival over the last six a long time, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, after all, PelZ. notwithstanding different histories of the realm Cup principally forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the growth of the yank groups over the past numerous a long time. And whereas the scope of this publication permits American fanatics to extra completely take pleasure in a heritage of the realm Cup_the booklet might be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, facts for every pageant, pictures, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A heritage of the area Cup offers a desirable learn for enthusiasts of the sport.

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S. team. Despite Donelli’s goal, the Italians—nicknamed the Azzurri (The Blues) because of the color of their jerseys—were still determined. qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 24 CHAPTER 2 to the delight of Mussolini and the crowd, Giovanni Ferrari made it 4–1 in the 63rd minute and Schiavio completed his hat trick a minute later. Orsi got on the scoreboard once again, notching his second of the game, and Giuseppe Meazza, one of the world’s best players at the time, netted one to make the final tally 7–1.

On July 22, Uruguay and Romania met at the Centenario Stadium. This time, Uruguay was supported by 80,000 fans, all of whom were expecting a win. Uruguay coach Alberto Suppici tinkered with the lineup and replaced defender Domingo Tejera with the faster and more experienced Ernesto Mascheroni. Suppici also changed things upfront and Pablo Dorado, Peregrino Anselmo, and Héctor Scarone all came off the bench. The changes worked. Dorado grabbed the game’s first goal after just seven minutes and Scarone added a second goal seventeen minutes later.

The game proved what many had already suspected: England was the better team. Meanwhile, Spain, who had fielded a strong lineup four years earlier, was in the midst of a civil war and did not participate. Mexico also withdrew and was replaced by Cuba, which would create quite a stir at the tournament. With Argentina and Uruguay out, Brazil was South America’s lone representative. An Asian team made its debut at a World Cup: the Dutch East Indies. Japan, Asia’s only other team to show interest, decided not to participate and forfeited its place because it was in the midst of a war with China.

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