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Soccer Stories : Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats - Donn Risolo

Soccer Stories

Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats

Paperback Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780803230149
Number Of Pages: 408

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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 history--and 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 in "Soccer Stories" range 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 Stories" will engage fans of all levels.

"From conspiracy to controversy, this is a unique look at famous and not-so-famous incidents from world soccer. There's something here for all who love the game." JP Dellacamera, World Cup and Olympic soccer commentator

Introductionp. vii
Everyone, Everywherep. 1
Historyp. 13
World Cupp. 51
Misbehaviorp. 89
Soccer, War, and Peacep. 135
Americap. 169
Refereesp. 223
Coachesp. 247
Superlativesp. 259
Snafusp. 279
Tragediesp. 313
Only in Soccerp. 337
Bibliographic Essayp. 387
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ISBN: 9780803230149
ISBN-10: 0803230141
Series: Bison Original
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.58

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