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 find unputdownable.
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.