When the World Cup began in 1930, only 13 teams participated. Now it involves more than 200 countries, and has truly become the international competition it was intended to be. Containing 30 facsimile pieces of rare memorabilia sure to delight fans, The Treasures of the World Cup tells the story of this quadrennial festival. Along with an authoritative account of all 19 tournaments and a preview of Brazil 2014, it includes features on the superstars, memorable moments for each of the finals, maps of the venues, and results boxes.
Facsimile items include: soccer programs, match tickets, posters, stickers, postcards, and correspondence gathered from the National Football Museum and other private collections around the world.
Editorial Reviews From Booklist This coffee-table book boasts brief, authoritative summaries of 17 World Cups, from 1930 to 2002, from Uruguay to South Korea and Japan. The design is handsome, lavish with photographs, maps, and other images, and it comes in a bright, tackle-proof slipcase. But the book is really a delivery mechanism for the treasures--sketches, photos, posters, letters, postcards, tickets, stickers, magazine pages, and more--facsimiles and reproductions of holdings in the collection of Britain's National Football Museum. Some are cooler than others (most fans will be more interested in the photos and tickets than the correspondence), but it's still a stirring collection of memorabilia. The brevity and magpie appeal of Treasures make it similar to some books targeted solely toward kids--focusing not on the beautiful game but on pirates or fairies--but there's a kid inside every sports fan, and this is likely to be enjoyed by father and son, mother and daughter alike. Libraries should acquire with caution because of the delicacy of the contents. Keir Graff
Hardcover: 64 pages Publisher: Carlton Books; Nov Slp edition (March 4, 2014) Language: English Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.6 x 10.5 inches