Every four years the thirty-two-team, sixty-four-game World Cup captivates the planet's populace for a month. Work absenteeism skyrockets. Political campaigns grind to a halt. Fans mortgage their houses to buy tickets. And teams employ every means possible-even consulting witch doctors and astrologers-in their quest for national glory.Veteran soccer commentator Jamie Trecker traveled to Germany for FIFA World Cup 2006. Here, reported from the restaurants, trains, bars, town squares, hostels, press boxes, and brothels, is his unvarnished account of the games and parties, great plays and fistfights, gossip and tacky souvenirs that turn the largest sporting event on earth into a true world bazaar. With equal measures insight and irreverence, Trecker captures the passion, politics, controversies, and economics that make soccer a reflection of the world.
Love and blood
at the World Cup with the footballers, fans, and freaks
Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007
264 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility:
"A Harvest original."
Introduction: Love and blood
Winter in Germany
Why are we here?
It's all going off
The big money
Interlude : when soccer was important
Ill health, heroes, and heartbreak
Down and dirty
The short timers and the "real" cup
The city of ghosts
Branch Call Number:
796.334 T785L 2007
Includes bibliographical references and index
World Cup (Soccer (2006 : Germany)