A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi

By Clemente Angelo Lisi

There is not any wearing occasion extra well known than the area Cup. For one month each 4 years, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their consciousness to the event. humans name in in poor health to paintings. enthusiasts pack into bars to observe video games or remain domestic for days at a time glued to their television units. Even wars cease. not anything else turns out to subject. the 1st global Cup, gained by means of Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. this present day, the match comprises 32 countries, and the ultimate by myself is watched by way of an expected worldwide viewers that exceeds one thousand million audience. no doubt, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the realm Cup is the last word wearing occasion. In A background of the realm Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this foreign phenomenon, delivering brilliant money owed of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to fashionable occasions. The publication additionally highlights the avid gamers and coaches who left their mark at the festival during the last six a long time, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, after all, PelZ. notwithstanding different histories of the area Cup principally forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the development of the yank groups during the last a number of a long time. And whereas the scope of this publication permits American lovers to extra completely get pleasure from a historical past of the realm Cup_the ebook can be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, facts for every festival, photographs, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A background of the area Cup offers a desirable learn for fanatics of the sport.

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The French players vehemently protested as dozens of Uruguayan fans, who had cheered against the Argentines, stormed the field. Rego tried to restore order, but the chaos that ensued made it nearly impossible for the game to restart. The game resumed a few minutes later and the final minutes played out with some help from the police—who escorted the enraged fans off of the field at gunpoint—but the score remained the same: Argentina 1, France 0. qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 12 CHAPTER 2 Chile, who breezed to the top of the group standings with 4 points after defeating Mexico 3–0 and France 1–0, had to get past Argentina in its last game for a shot at the semifinals.

The Germans got on the board in the 26th minute with Stanislaus Kobierski, but two goals by Belgium’s Bernard Voorhoof in the 31st and 43rd minutes gave his team a stunning 2–1 halftime lead. A hat trick by striker Edmund Conen in the second half gave Germany the win. At Mussolini Stadium in Turin, Austria defeated France 3–2 in overtime—despite Meisl’s complaints on the eve of the game that his team was not fit. The Wunderteam appeared to get lucky early on after French striker Jean Nicholas suffered a head injury—although that didn’t stop Nicholas from putting his team ahead, 1–0, after nineteen minutes.

The Italians knew that Zamora, who played with Real Madrid, was a force to be reckoned with and they wasted no time trying to rough him up. Referee Louis Baert of Belgium let many fouls go unpunished; despite that, Spain was on the board first when a Luis Regueiro shot in the 31st minute was misplayed by Combi and went past him. The Azzurri tied the game a minute into the second half with Ferrari. The Spanish players protested, claiming Schiavio had impeded Zamora from getting to the ball. The protests were ignored and the goal stood.

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