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Football in Sun and Shadow: An Emotional History of World Cup Football Paperback – 5 May 2003
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To the pure football fan even winning and losing is of secondary importance to those moments when a glimpse is afforded of footballing perfection, made more perfect still by the long and unpredictable hours spent waiting for it, and often the parade of tragicomic errors that has preceeded it. Such instances, of exultation and despair, are recounted in this book, a parade of all shades of international football. Beckenbaur, Yashin and Zico are here with their balletic dazzle. Here too are the tragic Escobar, guilty of an own goal for Colombia and gunned down in the streets of Medellin as a consequence; the English Captain Neille who led a World War I charge on a trench by kicking a football across no man's land; and the Dynamo Kiev team who, although warned not to win a game against the Nazis could not resist the temptation on the football pitch to overrun their oppressors: all eleven were shot in their Kiev shirts after the "game".See all Product description
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There's just about everyone in here (from the origins of the game to the mid nineties), organised chronologically in short chapters which are more like articles really. Some are half a page long such as "Greaves" ("...rather than run, he would explode..."), or two to three pages long like "Maradona" ("He played, he won, he peed, he lost.").
The brief stories presented here make this book a perfect read at any time: queues, buses, bed, and naturally, the loo!
I haven't seen the latest version and don't know if it includes contemporary football (after 1995), however, the book is brilliant for what it is (and for what was).
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