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A History of the World Cup: 1930-2014

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Edited by: Yara Sameh

In A History of the World Cup، Clemente Lisi chronicles the most popular sporting event in the world، providing vivid accounts of individual games from the tournament's origins in 1930 to modern times.

Paperback: 532 pages
Author: Clemente A. Lisi
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; New edition (March 6، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches

About the Author
Clemente A. Lisi works for ABC News as a senior editor. His work has appeared in newspapers such as the New York Post and magazines like FourFourTwo and Soccer Digest. He is the author of the previous two editions of A History of the World Cup and of The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team، all published by Scarecrow Press.

Editorial Reviews
Lisi’s updated edition on soccer’s most important competition is very similar to his earlier volumes in structure، content، and features. He again does an effective job of capturing the excitement of the world’s most popular sporting event by providing vivid accounts of individual games and crucial plays، along with profiles of its most accomplished athletes and their feats. Photographs enhance the fast-paced text، and a glossary of terms makes a wonderful primer for the novice and occasional fan....[In addition]، the two appendixes of World Cup statistics and records are almost 60 pages long. They catalog the scores of every game from the tournament’s history beginning in 1930 through the most current cup competition in 2014....Lisi writes extensively on that event making this title a solid option even for those libraries that already own the earlier editions. Verdict: Readers and researchers of soccer literature will value the updated chapter and statistics on the 2014 World Cup found in this new edition. (Library Journal)

This is an update of two previous editions، the first by the same author، with a new chapter on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and revised statistics. Like the previous editions، this is a narrative history and not an encyclopedia with subject-oriented entries. There have been 20 World Cup tournaments so far، and Lisi covers them chronologically in ten chapters، with each of the last three events meriting its own chapter. The author describes the process leading to the choice of each host venue and highlights memorable and important events. He also includes a glossary that defines terms and about 50 pages of World Cup records and statistics. This volume can be read cover-to-cover or dipped into to gain insight on any particular World Cup، player، coach، administrator، or country. However it is used، it is a handy and helpful history of one of the world’s preeminent sporting events. Those who own an earlier edition would do well to replace it with this latest edition. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through facultypractitioners; general readers. (CHOICE)

Clemente Lisi’s readable and detailed monograph، A History of the World Cup: 1930–2014، is a great addition to the canon of World Cup scholarship....A History of the World Cup successfully toes that awkward middle line between academia and journalism; being an undoubted page-turner whilst also managing to delve into some of the more well-known and infamous World Cup events....Perhaps the book’s greatest use، particularly in the United States، is to teach recent converts to soccer about the game’s rich history....A History of the World Cup: 1930–2014 is a perfect place for newcomers to soccer history and World Cup history to get a detailed، informative، but readable account of one of the world’s biggest sporting events. (Sport in American History)

In A History of the World Cup، Clemente Lisi chronicles the most popular sporting event in the world، providing vivid accounts of individual games from the tournament’s origins in 1930 to modern times. It features statistics for each competition، photos، and profiles of the most memorable figures of the sport، including Diego Maradona، Franz Beckenbauer، Ronaldo، Zinedine Zidane، and Pelé. In addition، this volume highlights the progress of the American teams over the last several decades. Updated through the 2014 World Cup with a new chapter on the tournament، profiles of those players who stood out in the competition، and revised statistical information، A History of the World Cup is the most up-to-date book on this international phenomenon.

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