Dive into the thrilling history of soccer’s most famous tournament in this comprehensive guide to the World Cup!
Soccer: No other sport in the world captivates a bigger audience–and no other competition electrifies its fans like the World Cup. Jam-packed with information about each and every World Cup ever played, this revised and updated edition of a Matt Christopher classic captures all the amazing highlights of soccer’s most famous tournament.
Want to know who was behind the biggest surprise defeat of the 1950 World Cup? It’s in here. Want to know which country has won the Women’s World Cup more than any other? Just turn the page. Want to know more about the biggest triumphs and harshest defeats, all while feeling like you’re on the field with the sports legends? Wondering what term Total Football means? You’ll find the answers here–along with much, much more.
The Summer Olympics are chock full of epic athletic achievements across hundreds of disciplines, especially Track and Field, Gymnastics, and Swimming. These are the sports that gave us Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olga Korbut and Mary Lou Retton—tremendous athletes whose Olympic accomplishments thrill us now just as much as they did when they occurred. Now readers can relive those moments in this fact-filled volume just right for young sports enthusiasts.
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Competition is the name of the game in sports. But without a doubt, the fiercest battles are fought when longtime rivals come face to face. Here are in-depth looks at five such legendary rivalries:
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The history of auto racing is chock-full of famous moments, with big-name drivers like Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon. The histories of the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 races are rich with legendary drivers, family dynasties, rivalries, and tragedies. Fans of this sport are truly loyal and fanatical, and readers will eat up all the descriptions of nail-biting moments of tension.
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Soccer. No other sport in the world captivates a bigger audience — and no other competition electrifies its fans like the World Cup. Now, just in time for the next World Cup competition, comes a book just for kids, jam-packed with information about each and every World Cup ever played.
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The history of basketball is chock-full of famous buzzer-beating shots, amazing game-saving plays, and thrilling maneuvers that defy gravity. All fans have their favorite memory, just as they have their favorite team and their favorite player. Now here’s a book that offers a look back at more than fifteen of the sport’s best moments. The Block, The Steal, The Shot. Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Bird, Jordan, and James. Each entry captures the nail-biting tension of the minutes leading up to the play, as well as information about the superstar players that made them and the teams that they played for.
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The New York Yankees played their first game in the American League in 1903. Since then, they have become the best team in baseball, bar none. Now this action-packed and fact-filled volume brings the Yankee’s great history to life. From Babe Ruth’s called shot and Lou Gehrig’s tearful farewell speech, to Reggie Jackson’s three hits on three pitches and Derek Jeter’s game-saving catches, classic moments are recounted with such vivid description that readers will swear they can smell the popcorn and hear the crack of the bat.
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For more than a century, the World Series has captivated baseball fans with edge-of-the-seat excitement. From Walter Johnson’s extraordinary pitching in 1924, to Babe Ruth’s Called Shot in 1932, to Willie Mays’ catch in 1954 and Reggie Jackson’s three-in-a-row home runs in 1977, to the “reverse the curse” wins by the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and the Chicago White Sox in 2005–this action-packed volume brings them all to life.
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There is no football game more exciting than the Super Bowl, the match that pits the best AFC team against the best NFC team in a battle for the NFL championship. Thrilling last-second victories, crushing defeats, jaw-dropping touchdown catches—and misses!—the Super Bowl has it all. In this action-packed volume, young readers can relive 40 years of Super Bowl history.
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The Olympic Games offer athletes something few others sporting events can: the chance to be recognized as the best in the world at a given sport. With stories of great triumphs (such as Nadia Comaneci’s amazing feat of scoring seven perfect scores in gymnastics) and losses (such as U.S. diver Greg Louganis’ shocking injury on the Olympic diving board), the Olympics not only embody the competitive human spirit, but also set a stage for world politics. This thorough history of The Olympics combined with incredible sports stories makes this both an educational and inspiring book! Continue reading The Olympics