Brian Glanville s book is not bad but he does tend to look on the negative side World Cups that I enjoyed didn t really tickle his fancy Football is all about opinions and Mister Glanville always a shocking name dropper has put together a decent enough tome But his views are not football Gospel by any means. very bland book full of facts but little else Brilliant up until about 1994 Then some madness takes over The latter entries are bizarre and there s some incredible errors listing 2002 as simply being hosted by Japan amongst them Also odd that somehow the text goes from very structured around subheadings to just one block of text midway through with no explanation. if your looking for a extensive full history of the world cup up until w.c 2010 then this is the book for u, cant realy fault it for that as its very in depth and complete it contains reports of all the big games at each individual tournament aswell as all the stats at the end of each chapter this book is very long and although it was a while ago when i read it i remember being pleased when id finaly finished it as it was just a bit boring sorry mr glanville A timeless classic updated and re released every 4 years I have somewhere in my loft my grandad s copy of the edition published prior to the 1974 World Cup and also the one I bought 4 years ago.The text for the older tournaments hasn t changed but is well enough written to weather the changes in style over the years The format followed is basically a chapter per tournament with a chronological narrative and then a table of results at the end of each section As a young fan these tables held me spellbound for many hours imaging far off exotic locations that you could only dream of in the pre budget airline era.The reason I have given this only 4 stars is down to presentation Great art deco style cover, but the text is tightly packed than in previous editions, possibly as it has changed from a coffee table book to an on the go read, the paper used while adequate is basic, and there are no colour photos, indeed few photos of any kind.On the whole I d throughly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of previous tournaments and prepared to put the effort to read about it Probably not so suitbale if you are after a slickly presented guide to the history of the tournament presented in the form of photos and statistical analysis Also bear in mind that this book looks back not forward, so look elsewhere if you want to learn about South Africa 2010. The basic facts are covered but the structure is quite often confusing Biggest issue for me is the frequent use of the word black to describe players e.g Holland s black midfielder Aron Winter There are no similar descriptions of white players. This comprehensive history of the world s top soccer tournament from the s through thecompetitions features vivid accounts of individual games from the World Cup s illustrious history and is packed with behind the scenes stories and character sketches of the managers and players Photos This is undoubtedly one of the classics on the history of the FIFA World Cup and Glanville is an acknowledged expert whom i ve been reading for the past 30yearsHowever the new current edition seems to come our every 4 years is a poor buy one the text is tightly packed and needs almost a magnifying glass and the rationale for a new edition was probably to include the last Wcup 2006 in Germany.While all previous cups have been covered in separate chapters of around 20 25 pages with lots of comments esp on the poor standard of referees the latest chapter on the 2006 cup reason for a new edition is a poor rehash of just 14 pages which fails to capture the significant moments and some of the memorable trials and tribulations and there is no mention of the third place match.Also i would have liked Glanville to include is the Best FIFA World cup lineups selected at the end of each tournament in the stats sectionMore a question of the publisher making a quick buck before the 2010 FIFA Wcup with minimal effort andno new photosTip if u have any of the previous editions don t waste your money on this one This is the definitive history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 to Brazil in 2014 Each is covered in detail, a review of the games played and, in many cases, the qualifying rounds as well.The author gives a critical analysis of the games as well as critiques of the players, managers, referees, the governing body FIFA and the awarding of the host locations.Of the twenty World Cups, Glanville has covered thirteen, so he has first hand knowledge of what went on At times the reader is apt to get bogged down in the excessive detail this becomes generalized starting in 1998 when the teams expanded to 32 However, this is a book which the knowledable soccer fan should not be without. Had first read excerpts from this book in the run up to an earlier World Cup Since then it was always on my read list.And it did not disappoint The book provides a ringside view of the World Cup experience right from the very first one, leveraging Mr Glanville s vast knowledge and experience of the game The book even includes the results and snaps of all the World Cups held so far A true treasure trove for the connoisseur and casual football lover alike.
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- The Story of the World Cup
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- 14 October 2019 Brian Glanville