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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly original., 28 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Four Weeks in Montevideo: The Story of World Cup 1930 (Paperback)
This as one of the most original books I have read on World Cup history. The daily 1930 World Cup diary of "Antonio", whom the author met in Uruguay in 1999, provides a unique context. The author's research also gives an added sense of authenticity.

The stories and anecdotes make inspiring reading. For those who only know the World Cup as an overblown, overhyped event, there is a need to know what it was like in 1930 when players wore hats on the pitch and when referees officiated in three-piece suits.

The appendix to the main book gives a biography of every player, referee, manager, stadium and official. Even the shocking story of the ship on which the players travelled from Europe to South America is told in detail.

If there is a criticism, it is that a few typo errors have evaded the proof-reader, but this does not detract from what is an interesting, original and intriguing book about a time when the World Cup was a small event played in front of small attendances. Recommended.
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