The Times newspaper has collected the best of the reports from the very first football World Cup final to put together a complete history of the best bits of World Cup history. Divided into sections of the most exciting matches, best players and controversial points, this makes a fascinating read for any football fan. Paired with stunning full colour photography, this is a collector's book.
The concise but not sensational journalism expected from The Times reporters, ensures this a worthy and timeless account. These reports are from a variety of journalists who have written for the paper over the years, and this accounts for the variety of writing, They are, of course, the one hundred highlights of the World Cup, without the boring bits. Bliss.
There are events that occurred before I was born and it is good to read about the great countries of the past. It's always fun to read about the one time England won! For the events and players I do remember, it's a pleasant bit of nostalgia to be reminded of Cameroon's Roger Milla's dancing celebrations, the skills of the Brazilians that were always so colourful, the technical play of West Germany, the Total Football of Holland. Bobby Moore, Johan Cruyff, Maradona and Pele are all deserving to be part of football's history.
Published in time for the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which this time nearly encompasses Christmas as well, this is a bright book and will make a great gift, especially the hardback version.
Published by Collins on 27 October 2022.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.