New Delhi: Having switched loyalty from Mahi
to Messi and Raina to Rooney, those in the firm grip of
soccermania can now lay their hands on the official book of
the FIFA World Cup, which would give them a clear edge during
those heated debates.
The 127-page official handbook by former `World Soccer`
editor Keir Radnedge is a soccer buff`s delight in its
combination of both style and substance.
Printed by Carlton Books in UK and distributed in India
by Research Press, this is an essential reading for the fans
irrespective of their loyalty.
A veteran journalist himself, Radnedge puts together a
book that seamlessly weaves essential statistics, stunning
photographs and lucid narrative in such a way that the
ultimate product is a compilation which readers would found
Radnedge chronicles the journey of the 32 teams that made
it to the `Greatest Show on Earth` in South Africa. He gives
pen-pix of the venues before he discusses in details each of
the 32 teams, analyzing their strength and weaknesses,
profiling star players and giving brief statistical accounts
of their past performance in the World Cup.
The author then identifies eight players, including
Lionel Messi and Kaka, who he thinks might be destined for
greatness and glory after the World Cup ends.
In 14 neatly designed pages, the author captures the
history of the event, starting right from the inaugural
edition in Uruguay in 1930 with an overview of the tournament
and result of each match.
Radnedge rounds off with a FIFA World Cup statistics
section, which provides all the answers to queries about the
youngest, oldest, highest and fastest scorers.