Love and Blood

At the World Cup With the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks

Trecker, Jamie

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Love and Blood
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.

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0156030985
Branch Call Number: 796.334 T785L 2007
Characteristics: 264 p. ;,21 cm


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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.

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