|World cup : soccer's global championship (Spectacular sports)|
Author: Doeden, Matt
Explores the history of international soccer and covers the World Cup's greatest moments, from the most shocking goals to biggest upsets.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 195126
Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/18)
School Library Journal (01/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 4–7—Internationally, the World Cup is the most widely viewed sports event, with a viewing audience surpassing that of the Super Bowl and the Olympics. From modest beginnings in 1930, soccer's biggest competition has soared in popularity. Doeden has scored a winning goal with this insightful look at the game's prestigious championship event. Like his earlier book The Super Bowl, this latest is well researched. He discusses the history, appeal, and format of this event, as well as some fundamentals of the game. The chapter on heroics and heartbreaks of past World Cups is quite lengthy and may not resonate well with readers who are not dedicated fans. Men's and women's soccer are covered. True to his engaging style of writing, he presents information with abundant use of appealing photographs and charts. In addition, he addresses in an objective manner controversial issues that have marred the reputation of the sport, most notably the 2015 scandal that rocked the governing body of international soccer. VERDICT Once again, Doeden has demonstrated his sharp skills as a sportswriter. It should not be hard to entice sports fans with this title.—Jeanette Lambert, formerly at Nashville-Davidson County Schools - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2018 This brief but informative overview, filled with black-and-white and color photographs, covers the history of the World Cup from its 1930 debut to its popularity today. It recounts the most memorable matches and moments from Men’s and Women’s World Cup history and spotlights some of the sport’s greatest players: Brazil’s Pelé, Argentina’s Diego Maradona, etc. Even though the Women’s World Cup didn’t start until 1991, its prominence continues to grow. The book doesn’t shy away from mentioning pay inequality between the men and women players (leading to recent lawsuits), some of the sport’s scandals, the hooliganism at certain matches, or the strange history of the sport’s trophy. Due to its popularity, the men’s tournament plans to expand from 32 teams to 48 by 2026. One of the most remarkable aspects of the World Cup is how affordable the tickets are for everyone, and how it promotes good sportsmanship and worldwide goodwill. Soccer fans, or just casual readers, will enjoy this short but engaging supplemental resource. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.