BIG BALLS! World Cup Nations is a collection of informative and irreverent football histories of the thirty-two countries represented at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The BIG BALLS! World Cup Nations are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzogovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea, Ghana, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and USA

Discover - among other things - why England fans are always disappointed; When Brazil played the best three minutes of football in the history of the game; Why you can never write off the Germans; Why the Italians tolerate match-fixing; Why many Argentinians are ashamed about winning the 1978 World Cup; How a Civil War made Spain great; Why Russia turned up two weeks late for their early internationals; How the goals of a striker called Ruth took Portugal to their first World Cup; How a little German, a cartoon character and an American journeyman transformed Japanese football; Why being a Pisces footballer can be bad news in France; How the Netherlands went from Total Pants to Total Football in less than ten years; Why academics believe that football was invented by the Koreans in AD 500; How Germany and Austria conspired to cheat Algeria at the World Cup; What Croatia has in common with early 1990s pop culture; And why the future for Greece is the kebab. It is a journey of more than a hundred years around the world that takes in the sights of glory, humiliation, success, failure, politics, war, nationalism, internationalism, visionaries, parochialism, corruption, gamesmanship, racism, multiculturalism, the gifted, the not so gifted, and pies. If you like football, you will love this book. It is BIG and is complete and utter BALLS!

Published: Chris Whitfield on
ISBN: 9781310297038
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