A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi

By Clemente Angelo Lisi

There is not any carrying occasion extra renowned than the realm Cup. For one month each 4 years, thousands of hundreds of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their recognition to the event. humans name in unwell to paintings. lovers 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 subject. the 1st international Cup, gained via Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. this day, the match contains 32 countries, and the ultimate on my own is watched by way of an expected worldwide viewers that exceeds one thousand million audience. certainly, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the area Cup is the last word carrying occasion. In A background of the realm Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, supplying vibrant debts of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to fashionable instances. The publication additionally highlights the avid gamers and coaches who left their mark at the festival over the last six a long time, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, in fact, PelZ. although different histories of the realm Cup mostly forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the growth of the yank groups over the past a number of a long time. And whereas the scope of this e-book permits American fanatics to extra completely get pleasure from a historical past of the realm Cup_the ebook might be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, data for every pageant, pictures, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A background of the area Cup offers a desirable learn for fanatics of the sport.

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Argentina and Chile met on July 22 at the Centenario. The winner would go through to the semifinals. Stabile, who was now the tournament’s top scorer with three goals, netted his fourth in the 12th minute, then added a second two minutes later to give Argentina a 2–0 lead. The Chileans pulled one back with Guillermo Subiabre in the 16th minute. Once again, Argentina’s defense had not been able to stop an opponent from scoring. The game also featured some violence to go along with the scoring. A free-for-all broke out on the field right before halftime following a vicious foul by Monti and police officers had to intervene to restore order.

A 2–1 win over Czechoslovakia in April 1931 was the first in a fourteen-game unbeaten streak, a run that included eleven wins and three ties. The streak also included two impressive wins over Germany (6–0 in Berlin and 5–0 in Vienna) and a 5–0 thrashing of Scotland in May 1931. Austria would go on to earn its Wunderteam moniker after losing just three times in a span of thirty-one games between April 1931 and June 1934. One of those wins was a 4–2 victory over Italy in Turin on the eve of the World Cup finals—another sign the Wunderteam was destined to conquer the game’s biggest prize.

When he got the ball on the wing, Meazza decided immediately to cross it to Guaita. The Argentine-born midfielder then passed the ball to Schiavio, who was able to blow past a defender and beat Plánička with a shot that crept in just under the crossbar. The trophy belonged to Italy and the celebrations spilled into the streets of Rome. 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.

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