The History of the World Cup

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Brian Glanville
Narrator: Bob Wilson
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Other
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: May 2002
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 35 minutes
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Released to coincide with the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan, this 3 CD set gives an authoritative account of the history of the tournament. Starting with the story of how the World Cup came into being, Brian Glanville's definitive text – specially commissioned for Naxos Audiobooks – traces the development of the tournament from the inaugural finals in Uruguay, 1930 to the memorable 1998 extravaganza in France.

Today the World Cup is followed by tens of millions of football fans around the globe, but its amazing history is appreciated by only a few. Many of the game's great stars have made their name through participation on football's centre stage – Eusebio, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff and Beckenbauer. Each tournament is put into its football and historical context and, in addition to descriptions of the main games and stars of each event, supplementary background and anecdotes are included, making it a great product for those with only a passing interest in the game as well.

This audiobook set includes a bonus CD of Sir Bobby Charlton's reminiscences, specially recorded, making this a truly unique audiobook history at a remarkable price.

Featuring national anthems and traditional football music

Author Details

Author Details

Glanville, Brian

Radio and TV personality. Football Correspondent for the London Sunday Times for 30+ years and writer for the BBC's "That Was The Week That Was." Over 20 novels.