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By Clemente Angelo Lisi

There isn't any carrying occasion extra well known than the area Cup. For one month each 4 years, 1000's of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their awareness to the event. humans name in unwell to paintings. fanatics pack into bars to observe 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 by way of Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. at the present time, the event contains 32 countries, and the ultimate on my own is watched through an predicted international viewers that exceeds a billion audience. no doubt, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the realm Cup is the final word carrying occasion. In A historical past of the realm Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, delivering brilliant debts of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to trendy instances. The e-book additionally highlights the gamers and coaches who left their mark at the festival over the last six many years, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, in fact, PelZ. notwithstanding different histories of the area Cup principally forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the development of the yankee groups over the past numerous many years. And whereas the scope of this e-book permits American fanatics to extra completely take pleasure in a historical past of the realm Cup_the booklet could be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a thesaurus of phrases, information for every pageant, images, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A background of the area Cup offers a desirable learn for lovers of the sport.

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Unlike the first World Cup where most European teams turned down invitations to participate, this time thirty-two of FIFA’s fifty members wanted a shot at the trophy. In 1932, FIFA gave Italy the nod to host the tournament and fascist dictator Benito Mussolini—who had taken power in 1922 after marching on Rome and appointed prime minister by King Victor Emmanuel III—spared no expense. Not only did Mussolini want to show the world the supremacy of the fascist regime, but also how great his national team could be when pitted against other countries.

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.

Qxd 6/26/07 1:42 PM Page 24 CHAPTER 2 to the delight of Mussolini and the crowd, Giovanni Ferrari made it 4–1 in the 63rd minute and Schiavio completed his hat trick a minute later. Orsi got on the scoreboard once again, notching his second of the game, and Giuseppe Meazza, one of the world’s best players at the time, netted one to make the final tally 7–1. The win set a new World Cup record score and Meazza had developed into Italy’s first soccer superstar. Born in Milan in 1910, Meazza signed with Inter Milan in 1927, quickly forging a reputation as a ruthless finisher and possessing a potent shot that often left goalkeepers dumbfounded.

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