The World Cup 2018 Book: Everything You Need to Know about the Soccer World Cup

The World Cup 2018 Book: Everything You Need to Know about the Soccer World Cup

by Shane Stay
The World Cup 2018 Book: Everything You Need to Know about the Soccer World Cup

The World Cup 2018 Book: Everything You Need to Know about the Soccer World Cup

by Shane Stay


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Which teams will be participating in the 2018 World Cup? Which are the up-and-coming players to watch out for? What will the coaches’ strategies be, or what will the games in Russia look like? Soccer enthusiasts don’t have to look further to find answers to these questions. THE World Cup 2018 Book is a fun, informative guide to the soccer World Cup in Russia. The book provides all the information anyone would want to know about the World Cup, including in-depth detail about all 32 teams—the players, coaches, their histories, and strategies—and background information on each Russian stadium that will host a game, past World Cups, along with a look at FIFA (the organizing body of the World Cup). Not only will readers find information on the current teams and playing conditions, but they will also gain a bit of insight into the history of the World Cup. Through detailed descriptions and fun anecdotes, author Shane Stay will make soccer fans feel as though they are there at the Cup.
Experience the World Cup with THE World Cup 2018 Book and know all there is to know about the 2018 soccer World Cup!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782551331
Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shane Stay is the author of Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet and The Cairo Project, whose stories have also appeared in various online and print publications in the genres of sport, humor, and modern culture. Prior to this publication, he co-authored a print book, published a magazine story, bottled Leaf Dressing, worked clubs as a comedian, played professional soccer, was restaurateur, and received a Master of Arts. He has appeared on TV and featured on numerous radio broadcasts including ESPN and NPR. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 The 32 Teams of 2018 World Cup Russia 16

List of Teams 18

2018 World Cup Final Draw 19


Germany 21

Spain 32

England 41

France 53

Russia 60

Belgium 66

Croatia 71

Denmark 75

Iceland 80

Poland 85

Portugal 90

Serbia 94

Sweden 97

Switzerland 102

South America

Brazil 108

Argentina 118

Uruguay 130

Peru 136

Colombia 141

North America

Costa Rica 146

Mexico 151

Panama 157


Egypt 162

Morocco 166

Nigeria 170

Senega] 175

Tunisia 179


Australia 184

Iran 190

Japan 195

Saudi Arabia 201

South Korea 206

Chapter 2 World Cup History 214

A Brief Overview of Each World Cup From 1930 to Today 216

The Interesting Role of Comer Kicks in the World Cup 229

Top Flopping Teams 232

Chapter 3 FIFA: The Organizing Body of World Cups 236

Some Background Information on FIFA 238

FIFA Headquarters 238

FIFA Membership 239

Rankings and Awards 240

Laws of the Game 240

Trouble in Paradise: FIFA Makes Worldwide News 241

A Look Ahead to World Cup 2026 245

2026 World Cup Bids 246

World Cup Qualifications Explained 247

10 Interesting Facts About the 2018 FIFA World Cup 253

Chapter 4 Background on Russia 256

A Look at Russia-General Overview 258

A Brief Look at Each Venue-Russian Stadiums and Local History 258

Closing Words 276

Appendix-Bonus Material 279


Attention to Detail and Possession Passing 279

German Soccer Moving Forward 282


They Were Always Good 284


England's Intriguing Dilemma 288

A Historical Glimpse at English Coaching 288

Dribbling: Where England Can Improve 290

Brian Clough: The Best Coach That Never Was 291

Getting Things Back on Track 294

England's Interesting Approach Down the Line 296


Brazil Looking for World Cup Magic Again 298

Neymar Living Up to Pele 302

Comeback Teams for World Cup 2022

Italy 308

United States 309

The Netherlands 317

Chile 322

Author's Note 328

Endnotes & Citations 330

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