Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats

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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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1 Everyone Everywhere
1
2 History
13
3 World Cup
51
4 Misbehavior
89
5 Soccer War and Peace
135
6 America
169
7 Referees
223
8 Coaches
247
9 Superlatives
259
10 Snafus
279
11 Tragedies
313
12 Only in Soccer
337
Bibliographic Essay
387
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