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When Football Was Football: World Cup

A nostalgic look at football’s greatest competition
Adam Powley
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"Men will be able to meet in confidence without hatred in their hearts and without an insult on their lips."

Jules Rimet, on his vision for football and the World Cup

The greatest sporting contest on the planet marks its 80th birthday in 2010 - and this wonderfully illustrated book provides a vivid and evocative celebration of the football World Cup. Drawing on the vast photographic archive of the Daily Mirror, it focuses on the tournaments of the past, bringing back to life a time of pure sporting theatre, spectacle and glory.

Here are the legendary matches and famous players who proudly wore their nation's colours, producing some of football's finest moments in a more innocent age before commercialism took hold of the sport. All the much-cherished World Cup superstars are here: from Pelé to Puskas, Maradona to Charlton, Ardiles to Zico.

They are pictured alongside the great managers, the atmospheric stadiums and the classic games of each tournament. But When Football Was Football: World Cup is not just about the showcase events and icons of yesteryear: it reveals the World Cup behind the scenes, with the players off duty, the fans, the colour and unique excitement, and the lesser-known stories that together have made the World Cup so special. Revelling in the World Cup's golden years, When Football Was Football: World Cup is the must-have photographic tribute for any football fan.


Adam Powley is a journalist and author, who wrote When Football Was Football: Tottenham Hotspur. He is the co-author of the bestselling Spurs Miscellany and the critically acclaimed The Boys From White Hart Lane, and was a major contributor to The Spurs Opus, When Saturday Comes: The half-decent football book, and Football: The Ultimate Guide. He has also reported and written for the Sunday Mirror, The Guardian, and Time Out.

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