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The Treasures of the World Cup

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In the late 1920s, Frenchman Jules Rimet had a grand vision for a global football tournament: he named it the World Cup. Just 13 teams contested the inaugural tournament in 1930, and the hosts Uruguay emerged as winners. From these tentative beginnings, the World Cup has grown exponentially into a truly all-embracing international competition, involving more than 200 countries. It has provided the stage for such footballing legends as Bobby Charlton, Eusebio, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and the incomparable Pele, and has furnished many football fans with their most cherished sporting memories. It is the biggest prize in competitive team sport. The Treasures of the World Cup tells the story of the quadrennial festival of world football. It comprises an authoritative narrative account of all 19 tournaments played to date and a preview of Brazil 2014. The reportage is complemented by features on the superstars and the memorable moments for each of the finals, as well as maps of the venues and results boxes. It also contains more than 30 facsimile items of rare football memorabilia integrated into the pages of the book. The reader can relive the dramatic events that have entranced the watching millions by holding and examining football programmes, match tickets, posters, stickers, postcards and items of correspondence, filed or exhibited in the National Football Museum and other private collections around the world.
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Pioneers of the World Cup; World Cup 1930 (Uruguay); World Cup 1934 (Italy); World Cup 1938 (France); World Cup 1950 (Brazil); World Cup 1954 (Switzerland); World Cup 1958 (Sweden); World Cup 1962 (Chile); World Cup 1966 (England); World Cup 1970 (Mexico); World Cup 1974 (West Germany); World Cup 1978 (Argentina); World Cup 1982 (Spain); World Cup 1986 (Mexico); World Cup 1990 (Italy); World Cup 1994 (USA); World Cup 1998 (France); World Cup 2002 (Japan/Korea); World Cup 2006 (Germany); World Cup 2010 (South Africa); World Cup 2014 preview; Behind the Treasures.

About the Author

Keir Radnedge has been covering football for more than 40 years. He has written countless books on the subject, from tournament guides to comprehensive encyclopedias, aimed at all ages. His journalism career included the Daily Mail for 20 years, as well as The Guardian and other national newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad. He is a former editor of World Soccer, generally recognized as the premier English-language magazine on global football. He has been a regular analyst for BBC radio and television, Sky Sports and US cable TV channel CNN. He also edited a tournament newspaper at the FIFA World Cup tournaments of 1982, 1986 and 1990, as well as at Euro 96, and scripted video reviews of many football tournaments. Mark Bushell was the curator of the National Football Museum, in Preston, before it relocated to Manchester. He a leading expert in his field and has contributed articles about football collectibles to many publications

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