Whether you call the game soccer or football, whether you have been watching the game for decades or are new to the joys of the beautiful game, you’ll love what Stephen Rea has to say in World Cup Fever. Born in Belfast, and now rooting for Northern Ireland and Chelsea from his home in New Orleans, he breaks down what smart fans should know about the World Cups past and present. Chapters highlight shocking upsets; immortal players such as Pelé, Maradona, Zidane, Iniesta, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, and more; and the most thrilling games from every tournament, starting with tales of the thirteen teams that played in Uruguay 1930.
With a look at the stars who will light up Russia in 2018—Lionel Messi (Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Paul Pogba (France), Neymar (Brazil), Thomas Müller (Germany)—this is the perfect read for anyone who believes that the World Cup is bigger than the Super Bowl, World Series, and Olympics combined. Often humorous and punctuated with personal anecdotes, passion, and knowledge, here is the beautiful game brought to life for every fan!
SubtitleA Fanatics Guide to the Stars, Teams, Stories, Controversy, and Excitement of Sports Greatest Event
AuthorBy Stephen Rea
Published17 April 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Stephen Rea is a freelance writer who has been watching the World Cup for four decades. He is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland but has lived in New Orleans, Louisiana since 2004. A former national newspaper journalist in the UK, he penned the critically-acclaimed memoir Finn McCool’s Football Club and writes a weekly column for the official website of the English Premier League club Chelsea.