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How to Win the World Cup [Anglais] [Broché]

Graham McColl

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29 avril 2010

It is biggest sporting event in the world, watched by billions, in a game played on every scrap of land on the planet. It is every boy's dream to win it. Yet just seven countries, from only two continents, ever have. Why? And, most importantly, how?

How to Win the World Cup takes apart all the previous 18 editions of football's pre-eminent competition to look at the sporting DNA as well as the vital statistics of winning teams. It debunks myths and turns accepted truths on their heads in search of the essence of victory. Home advantage helps, surely? Only once in the past three decades. Well, the best team wins, then; it's only seven matches, after all. Not since Brazil in 1970 - and don't ask a Dutchman.

By going beyond tactics and teams to examine factors as diverse as team spirit and the choice of captain, media hype and public expectation, the political climate and even the weather (luck, penalties and cheating play a part too, of course), Graham McColl has produced a World Cup book unlike any to have gone before it. And at the end of the day, he looks at what the 32 nations who have qualified for South Africa 2010 are bringing to the table, and if they have what it takes.

Do England have the recipe for success? Can they win the World Cup, for the first time in 44 years? You read it here first.

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"An entertaining look back through World Cup history that passes itself off as an instruction manual for managers hoping to bring home the big one... McColl lays out what's required and unearths a number of diverting stories that this particular World Cup anorak had never come across before. This will help pass the time nicely as you wait for Switzerland v Honduras to kick off" (Jonathan O'Brien When Saturday Comes)

"Covers the ground with good humour" (Time Out)

Biographie de l'auteur

Graham McColl is a writer and journalist whose work regularly appears in The Times, Four Four Two and When Saturday Comes. His many books include The Official Biography of Celtic, United We Stand and '78: How a Nation Lost the World Cup.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Formula for Success 22 juin 2013
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I have read a lot of histories about the world's greatest sporting event, the World Cup. HOW TO WIN THE WORLD CUP in unique among this series. It focuses less on the history, the goal scorers, and the meaning of individual games and tournaments, and more on how the World Cup was won. And in doing so the book explores the game inside the game.

GRAHAM MAC COLL, a Scot by birth who writes for newspapers in England, writes with relish and enthusiasm. He has researched the history of recent World Cups (there is very little about the tournaments before 1954 - sadly) deeply searching for the keys to his theories of why certain countries wound up winning. As a result he's come up with 15 different explanations that produced ultimate victory. His list is thought provoking and often controversial. That's what I liked best about the book. When I'd finish a chapter, putting down the book and thinking to my self "that's crazy...wait...I never thought about that in that way before..." It will help the reader to know the historical facts first. This book is no about "the who" but more about "the how.'

Previous World Cup histories I've read were mostly linear, who did what on what day. The series of histories by Brian Glanville are (the best) indicative of this kind of book. Congratulations to Mr. MAC COLL for breaking the mold with an entirely different approach.

Read this book!

PS - Pay close attention to the cover art.
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