Top positive review
It does what it says on the cover!
on 15 June 2014
Part encyclopedia, part reference book, this is a comprehensive story of the World Cup, featuring all the characters and best games connected with the tournament since it began in 1930. Players, coaches, referees, politics, best national XIs and more, it is a long read, but it is a pleasure being reacquainted with the players and the matches of my youth and beyond in this way. Nick Holt has done extensive research, is clearly a football fanatic who gives just credit to his references throughout. He writes with the individual opinions of the true fan, yet covering the facts of tournament venues, qualifying competitions and finals matches with fairness and in good order. I am of the age where I 'remember' the events described in over two-thirds of the book. Despite the occasional proof reading error, this volume takes its place on my reference shelf, to be taken down to remind me of those matches and tournaments I loved, hated, or have simply forgotten through time. Now what was so special about the 1974 tournament? Ah, held in West Germany, won by the home team...time to move on.