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The World Cup: The Complete History (Fourth Edition)

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    'A breathless monster of a book that charts every kick on the World Cup's 84 year journey from an unloved and unwanted annoyance to the biggest event on earth. Essential.'

    James Montague, author 31-0

    ‘this book, with its summaries of every finals tournament and all the results from the latest of qualifying, is a must have’ --- Sports Journalist Association

     ‘The stats package is superior’ --- Simon Redfern, The Independent

    752pp, 235mm x 191mm. Published 28 April 2014

    Now in its fourth edition, The World Cup: The Complete History, is the only book to give a truly encyclopedic guide to the greatest football show on earth.

    Fully revised and updated in time for the 2014 finals in Brazil, the book is renowned for its remarkable comprehensiveness. Featuring a separate chapter for every competition; every single result of every match; every single player in every team; all qualifying details; and a detailed round-up of the entire progress of each tournament, it is an indispensable addition to every football fan’s bookshelf.

    For this new edition there is a completely new chapter on the 2010 tournament in South Africa, where co-author James Corbett reported on the scene, and also a further section detailing all the results in the qualifying phase for the 2014 finals.

    The World Cup represents the pinnacle of the planet’s number one sport. More widely viewed, more widely contested, richer than ever before, interest, as ever, will be massive. There can be no more comprehensive or reasonably-priced companion to this feast of football. 


    Terry Crouch was an amateur football player, coach and historian, who authored the first two editions of this book. Following his death in 2009, the award-winning author and sports journalist, James Corbett, took over updating his seminal work.

    Corbett writes about football for publications including The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, World Soccer and contributes to the BBC World Service’s World Football programme.

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