By Clemente Angelo Lisi
There isn't any wearing occasion extra well known than the area Cup. For one month each 4 years, thousands of hundreds of thousands of individuals round the planet flip their realization to the match. humans name in in poor health to paintings. enthusiasts pack into bars to observe video games or remain domestic for days at a time glued to their television units. Even wars cease. not anything else turns out to topic. the 1st international Cup, gained by means of Uruguay in 1930, featured simply thirteen groups. at the present time, the match contains 32 international locations, and the ultimate by myself is watched by way of an expected worldwide viewers that exceeds a billion audience. surely, soccer_or football_is the planet's hobby, and the realm Cup is the final word carrying occasion. In A heritage of the realm Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this overseas phenomenon, supplying bright debts of person video games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to fashionable instances. The booklet additionally highlights the gamers and coaches who left their mark at the pageant over the last six a long time, together with Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, after all, PelZ. although different histories of the area Cup principally forget about the U.S.'s contribution to the contest, this quantity highlights the growth of the yank groups during the last numerous a long time. And whereas the scope of this publication permits American lovers to extra completely get pleasure from a historical past of the realm Cup_the e-book should be of curiosity to any fan of the game. that includes a word list of phrases, records for every pageant, photographs, and profiles of the main memorable_and controversial_figures of the game, A background of the area Cup presents a desirable learn for enthusiasts of the sport.
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It would take eighty-three minutes before Norway’s best efforts were rewarded with a goal by Arne Brustad. The game went to overtime. Piola ensured an Italian victory when he was able to get away from Nils Eriksen, who had shadowed him throughout the match. Piola tapped in a rebound off a shot that had been deflected by goalkeeper Rolf Johansen. The Italians had cleared the first hurdle. On the same day at Chapou Stadium in Toulouse, Cuba made its first World Cup appearance and took on an experienced Romanian team.
Despite both teams’ offensive approaches, it took seventy minutes before a goal was scored. Puč kicked a corner and when the ball came back to him, he successfully fired off a powerful shot from a nearly impossible angle to put Czechoslovakia ahead, 1–0. The Czechoslovakians were unable to finish off the Italians when Svoboda’s shot slammed against the post. Italy never gave up. With ten minutes remaining, the Azzurri scored a remarkable equalizer when Orsi, off a pass from Guaita, ran through the Czechoslovakian defense and faked a shot with his left foot.
Meisl changed his lineup and started the dwarflike Johann Horvath, a move that would pay off for the Wunderteam. Horvath wasted no time and scored after just five minutes. The game turned fierce following the goal. Italian referee Francesco Mattea lost control of the match and players on both sides were given free reign to run wild. In between all of the fouling, the Austrians added a second goal in the 53rd minute when striker Karl Zischek unleashed a potent shot past goalkeeper Antal Szabo. The Hungarians didn’t let their defensive lapses get the best of them and pulled one back fourteen minutes later when Bela Sarosi, one of the few on the field able to keep his composure amid the mayhem, scored on a penalty kick.
A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi