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World Cup--soccer here, football elsewhere

The World Cup is held once every four years. Since 1930 the best football (known as soccer in the U.S.) teams in the world have battled for the trophy, the FIFA Cup.

Pele

Led Brazil to three World Cups

Scored 12 World Cup goals

Nicknamed 'O Rei do Futebol' (the King of Football)

(meet Pele)

Chasing the game : America and the quest for the World Cup
Filip Bondy.
Philadelphia, Pa : Da Capo Press, c2010.
A tantalizing account of the triumphs and travails of the U.S. menrsquo;s soccer team in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, set within the historical context of American soccer on the global stage The U.S. menrsquo;s soccer team was a huge disappointment at the World Cup in 2006, but a newly constituted team exceeded all expectations in June 2009 with their inspired play at the Confederations Cup in South Africa-where they upset the number one team in the world, Spain, and lost late in the championship game to a supremely talented Brazilian squad. Their impressive showing gave fans, including the ever-loyal Samrsquo;s Army, a renewed sense of hope that when the team plays up to its capabilities, the Americans can compete with anyone in the world. InChasing the Game, Filip Bondy describes the U.S. teamrsquo;s path to qualifying for this yearrsquo;s World Cup-to be held on the African continent for the first time ever, in South Africa in June 2010. Bondy also reveals the back-and-forth saga that resulted in the hiring of Bob Bradley as the American coach, and serves up engaging profiles of several core players, including the U.S. national teamrsquo;s all-time leader in scoring and assists, Landon Donovan, acrobatic goalie Tim Howard, hip-hop devotee and opportunistic goal-scorer Clint ldquo;Deucerdquo; Dempsey, up-and-comer Jozy Altidore, and the coachrsquo;s son, the reticent yet dependable Michael Bradley. Chasing the Gamealso recounts the glorious highlights of past World Cup matches, like the U.S. menrsquo;s teamrsquo;s stunning 1ndash;0 victory over England in 1950 and the 2002 teamrsquo;s advance to the quarterfinals, as well as heartbreaks like the fiasco in 2006, when the U.S. mustered only four shots on goal in three games. Finally, Bondy also traces the origin of soccer and the evolution of the game in the U.S., chronicling how soccer academies like the one in Bradenton, Florida, have impacted the game at both the youth and national levels. Itrsquo;s all here for the first time in one book-the complete story of American soccer on the global stage.
     
Dare to dream : the story of the U.S. women's soccer team
[presented by] HBO Sports ; producer, Joe Lavine ; writer, Ouisie Shapiro.
[New York] : HBO Video, c2007.
  1. DVD, full screen.
  2. In English with optional Spanish dubbing; closed-captioned.
  3. Narrator, Liev Schreiber.
  4. Originally produced in 2005.
  5. TV-PG.
  6. They started out on empty fields in small towns and cities across America, a handful of friends and family gathered to cheer them from the sidelines. Through seventeen years of bus trips, concussions, childbirth and family deaths, they survived soaring triumphs and devastating losses. Then one day they woke up to find themselves at the center of the world. They were Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers and Joy Fawcett--cultural icons at the forefront of a revolution that would change the landscape of sports.
     
A history of the World Cup : 1930-2006
Clemente Angelo Lisi.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
"In A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006, Clemente Angelo Lisi chronicles this international phenomenon, providing vivid accounts of individual games from the tournament's origins in 1930 to modern times. The book also highlights the players and coaches who left their mark on the competition over the past six decades, including Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, of course, Pele."--BOOK JACKET.
     
Love and blood : at the World Cup with the footballers, fans, and freaks
Jamie Trecker.
Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007.
Every four years the thirty-two-team, sixty-four-game World Cup captivates the planet #38;#8217;s populace for a month. Work absenteeism skyrockets. Political campaigns grind to a halt. Fans mortgage their houses to buy tickets. And teams employ every means possible-even consulting witch doctors and astrologers-in their quest for national glory. Veteran soccer commentator Jamie Trecker traveled to Germany for FIFA World Cup 2006. Here, reported from the restaurants, trains, bars, town squares, hostels, press boxes, and brothels, is his unvarnished account of the games and parties, great plays and fistfights, gossip and tacky souvenirs that turn the largest sporting event on earth into a true world bazaar. With equal measures insight and irreverence, Trecker captures the passion, politics, controversies, and economics that make soccer a reflection of the world.
     
Complete book of the World Cup 2006
Cris Freddi.
London : HarperSport, 2006.
Includes bibliographical references.
     
The damned United
Columbia Pictures and BBC Films present in association with Screen Yorkshire, a Left Bank Pictures production ; produced by Andy Harries ; screenplay by Peter Morgan ; directed by Tom Hooper.
Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010]
  1. DVD, anamorphic widescreen.
  2. In English with optional French dubbing and optional English or French subtitles or English SDH subtitles.
  3. Cast: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, Maurice RoŽves, Jim Broadbent.
  4. Based on the novel by David Peace.
  5. Videodisc release of the c2009 motion picture.
  6. MPAA rating: R; for language.
  7. Drama based on the true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers, and his controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United.
     

The World Cup normally passes by in the United States with little fanfare. For example, when the latest World Cup games were held in Germany during the Summer of 2006, they were seldom acknowledged during the sports segment of the evening news here in St. Louis. While ABC did televise a large number of games and cable networks such as ESPN gave extensive coverage, the World Cup does not seem to generate as much interest in the United States as the other major sports. Viewership in the U.S. was up almost 20% from the games in 2002, but these figures did not compare to viewership outside of the U.S.

The World Cup, in addition to being the world's largest sporting event, also serves as a barometer for world politics, and a reminder of the politics and history of the countries that participate. The most recent World Cup was held in Germany, the first held there since the country's reunification. One of the cities where games were played was Nuremberg, remembered by many for its role in the WWII war crimes trials. The city saw the World Cup games as an opportunity to "present itself as a modern, tolerant and cosmopolitan city" to the millions of fans who attended in person or viewed via the media.

Each World Cup also leaves its impression on the history of soccer. The 1994 World Cup also displayed the fact that soccer is, literally, a matter of life and death in some parts of the world. In a game between Columbia and United States, the defender Andres Escobar accidentally deflected the ball into his own goal. The United States went on to win the game. Twelve days after returning home to Columbia, Andreas Escobar was murdered in the street. One theory is that Colombian gangsters had bet on the game and lost; others believe it was an act of violence by a fan.

2006 FIFA finalists

Italy:       Champions
France:     Runners-up
Germany: Third place
Portugal:   Fourth place

The next World Cup, which will be played in 2010, has been awarded to South Africa. This is notable because no African nation has ever hosted the world cup before. However, controversy is already brewing, and rumors have been circulating that if South Africa does not begin preparations soon, the games will be moved to another location, with Australia being the frontrunner. South African officials are working hard to be sure plans for the stadium are implemented by early 2007. Similar to Germany, that country sees the World Cup games as their opportunity to showcase advances in that country's politics, human rights, and cosmopolitan life.

The world will be watching in 2010. Will you?

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff