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Football in Sun and Shadow: An Emotional History of World Cup Football Paperback – 5 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; Revised edition edition (5 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000716291X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007162918
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A global history with the poetic flair of a Pele free kick.’ The Face

‘Galeano can run rings round our own glamorous football intelligentsia.’ When Saturday Comes


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".

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