By Clemente Angelo Lisi
There is not any wearing occasion extra renowned than the area Cup. For one month each 4 years, thousands of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their recognition to the event. humans name in unwell to paintings. enthusiasts pack into bars to monitor 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, gained via Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. at the present time, the match contains 32 international locations, and the ultimate on my own is watched by way of an anticipated international viewers that exceeds one thousand million audience. indubitably, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the area Cup is the last word wearing occasion. In A historical past of the area Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, offering brilliant debts of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to fashionable occasions. The booklet additionally highlights the avid gamers and coaches who left their mark at the festival 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 principally forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the development of the yank groups over the past a number of a long time. And whereas the scope of this publication permits American lovers to extra completely get pleasure from a historical past of the realm Cup_the booklet might be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, facts for every pageant, photographs, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A background of the area Cup presents a desirable learn for fanatics of the sport.
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Argentina was through to the semifinals. GUILLERMO STABILE A natural goalscorer, Guillermo Stabile was the World Cup’s first top scorer with eight goals in just four games at the 1930 tournament. Born in Buenos Aires in 1905, Stabile played for Huracan at the time of the inaugural World Cup but soon thereafter, like so many other top South Americans in the 1930s, he found the lure of money too great and joined Italian club, Genoa. He was proclaimed a hero after netting a hat trick in his debut against rival Bologna.
Qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 26 CHAPTER 2 18th minute following a perfectly executed José Iraragorri penalty kick. The Spaniards added a second goal nine minutes later with Isidro Lángara. The Brazilians were down, but not out. The team regrouped and pulled one back with Leônidas da Silva in the 56th minute. Spain guaranteed its passage to the quarterfinals when Lángara scored his second of the game to clinch the 3–1 win. Brazil’s Valdemar de Brito made history when he became the first player at a World Cup to miss a penalty kick after Zamora deflected the shot with both fists.
Pozzo, who was carried off the field atop his players’ shoulders, was hailed a national hero. Mussolini was also present, like he had been for all of Italy’s games, and he applauded the effort as the players celebrated on the field. Standing upright, proud, and sporting a yachting cap, the dictator gave off a neutral appearance, even though he must have been delighted inside to see the Italians win. Mussolini immediately ordered that Meazza and his teammates receive a cash prize of $17,000 each for their success.
A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi