Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats
U of Nebraska Press, 2010 - 376 pagini
Arguably the world's most popular sport, soccer has its own colorful lore, still little known in a nation only now beginning to give the game its due. This book offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on soccer's rich historyand to discover some of the funniest, most ironic, outlandish, and tragic stories ever to come out of the world of sports. Taking readers as far afield as the Faeroe Islands, Thailand, Madagascar, Belarus, Bhutan, and the North Pole, the selections inSoccer Storiesrange from the strange (Brazilian players paid in cattle by their cash-strapped club) to the wild (the Mexican prison warden who threw open all the cell doors in celebration of a World Cup victory) to the comical (the referee who ejected himself). Here is the plane crash that wiped out the Italian team on the eve of its fifth straight national championship; the spiteful African club that scored 149 goals against itself in one game; and the youngster who banked a shot into the goal off a passing seagull. As lively as it is informative,Soccer Storieswill engage fans of all levels.
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1994 World Cup 2002 World Cup American Argentina awarded ball beat Brazil Brazilian career champion Chile club coach country’s crowd Cup match days later debut defender division England English F.A. Cup European fans fc Barcelona field fifa finished first-division first-round Football Association four France free kick game’s Garrincha goal goalkeeper gridiron football host Hungarian Hungary Italian Italy Italy’s jerseys league match lost Major League Soccer Manchester United Maradona Mexico midfielder minutes months National Team officials Olympic overtime Pelé penalty area penalty kick penalty spot percent played players playoff Premier League Puskás quarterfinals Real Madrid referee Rivaldo Romanian round scored scoreless season semifinals shot side soccer federation Soccer League South Spain sport Stadium star striker team’s teammates there’s thousand tiebreaker took tournament trophy U.S. National uefa Uruguay victory West Germany winner women’s world championship World Cup final