What Is the World Cup?

What Is the World Cup?


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GOOOAAAAAL! Get ready for a front-row seat at the world's most-watched sporting event--the World Cup.

Every four years, thirty-two of the best men's soccer teams from across the globe compete for the title of FIFA World Cup winner. Over one billion people tuned in worldwide to watch the final game of the 2014 competition, making the World Cup the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Summer Olympics! This book takes a look back at what has changed since the first tournament in 1930 and what lies ahead for the most popular sport in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515158212
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Penguin What Was... Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 72,300
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bonnie Bader has written several Who Was? biographies for young readers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

What Is the World Cup? 1

The Games Kick Off 5

Italian Winning Streak-1934 and 1938 18

The World Cup Returns 29

Pelé 40

First-Timers and Repeaters 55

Red-Card Mania 66

The World Cup Comes to the United States 70

Two Hosts and a Head Butt 81

Protests 91

Controversy 100

Timelines 106

Bibliography 108

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