Multcolib My Librarian Nick: World Cup companion
Annotation:Keep up to date online with FIFA's official World Cup site. News, teams, players, standings, fixtures, results, photos, games, and more.
Annotation:A brilliantly written account of not only soccer hooliganism, but collective behavior and the psychology of crowds. Still fresh over 20 years later. Highly recommended.
Annotation:Vecsey, a sports journalist, digs deep in his personal musings of the last eight tournaments. Focuses on the host nations and how it affects all from stadiums to streets.
Annotation:Published in 1995 and updated last year, this passionate and very spiritual account of the history of soccer is a great window into the influence of the game around the globe. For any fan young or old. Very accessible and highly recommended. An e-book copy is available too.
Annotation:A thrilling, bittersweet contrast between Andres Escobar, team captain of the 1994 Colombian squad who died ten days after his famous own goal, and Pablo Escobar, the notorious drug kingpin whose presence was always hovering over the team.
Annotation:Soccer's greatest ambassador provides thoughtful insight into the game's history, successes, failures, and progressive ideas for future generations.
Annotation:An account of the 2006 Cup in Germany with lots of little humorous anecdotes in documentary style. A fun read, like listening to a commentary of a game on the pitch.
Annotation:"Published to coincide with the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A stunning album of highly original photographs of the pivotal moments from all the World Cup tournaments since 1932. Every image is accompanied by a caption that encapsulates the moment depicted."
Annotation:It's ESPN. It's the World Cup. You know it's gonna be splashy. Eye-candy AND stats of all the World Cups, chronologically. Make sure the coffeepot is warm.
Annotation:An offbeat, yet enjoyable view of the stories and people you might not have heard of in soccer's famous tales. For the veteran supporter rather than the rookie fan, this Ebrary title can be read simply in your internet browser, no device needed!
Annotation:An exhaustive, fascinating dvd history of soccer's genesis to it's current (2001) incarnation. Seven discs tend to highlight specific powerhouse teams and matches, but if you want to see footage of the game's stars and history, this is THE set. Recommended.
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Just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this list will bring you up to speed on the Beautiful Game's greatest spectacle. Check out these books, e-books, and dvd's that highlight the games, players, politics, heartbreak, and ultimate glory of football's top tournament.