By Clemente Angelo Lisi

There's no carrying occasion extra well known than the realm Cup. For one month each 4 years, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their realization to the event. humans name in ailing to paintings. lovers 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 topic. the 1st international Cup, received by means of Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. at the present time, the match comprises 32 countries, and the ultimate on my own is watched through an envisioned international viewers that exceeds one thousand million audience. certainly, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the realm Cup is the last word wearing occasion. In A heritage of the realm Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, delivering brilliant bills of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to trendy instances. The booklet additionally highlights the avid gamers and coaches who left their mark at the pageant during the last six many years, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, after all, PelZ. notwithstanding different histories of the realm Cup mostly forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the development of the yank groups during the last numerous a long time. And whereas the scope of this booklet permits American enthusiasts to extra completely get pleasure from a historical past of the realm Cup_the publication could be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, information for every pageant, images, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A background of the realm Cup offers a desirable learn for lovers of the sport.

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Romania was able to take the lead with Stefan Dobai after nine minutes. In the second half, Cuba tied the score with Héctor Socorro, who had netted two goals in the first game. Once again, the game was tied and headed to overtime. qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 36 CHAPTER 2 Carlos Maquina netted the winner. The goal looked to be offside and the linesman even had his flag raised, but German referee Alfred Birlem overruled the call and the goal stood. The Cubans had miraculously pulled off a 2–1 upset.

The Swiss managed to knot the game at two when Andre Abegglen was able to put the ball past goalkeeper František Plánička. The Czechs finally won the game, 3–2, when Nejedlý was able to score the game-winner seven minutes from the end. The victory meant a spot in the semifinals and a date with Germany. The Italian team traveled to Florence to take on Spain in what would be one of the ugliest and roughest games of any World Cup. S. team and ended up sidelined. qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 28 CHAPTER 2 on the radio—it would be Zamora standing in front of the other goal who would garner all the attention.

On July 22, Uruguay and Romania met at the Centenario Stadium. This time, Uruguay was supported by 80,000 fans, all of whom were expecting a win. Uruguay coach Alberto Suppici tinkered with the lineup and replaced defender Domingo Tejera with the faster and more experienced Ernesto Mascheroni. Suppici also changed things upfront and Pablo Dorado, Peregrino Anselmo, and Héctor Scarone all came off the bench. The changes worked. Dorado grabbed the game’s first goal after just seven minutes and Scarone added a second goal seventeen minutes later.

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