book price comparison
Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

How to Win the World Cup by Graham McColl

How to Win the World Cup

Sport from the Armchair   
Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

Well, World Cup fever is on us once again and here Graham McColl takes a look at the possible how’s and why’s of certain teams winning the coveted cup. He looks at all the various factors that go in to making that winning team from tactics to pure luck and with all this in mind he looks at the qualifying teams for the 2010 competition.


How to Win the World Cup by Graham McColl

It is biggest sporting event in the world, watched by billions, in a game played on every scrap of land on the planet. It is every boy's dream to win it. Yet just seven countries, from only two continents, ever have. Why? And, most importantly, how? How to Win the World Cup takes apart all the previous 18 editions of football's pre-eminent competition to look at the sporting DNA as well as the vital statistics of winning teams. It debunks myths and turns accepted truths on their heads in search of the essence of victory. Home advantage helps, surely? Only once in the past three decades. Well, the best team wins, then; it's only seven matches, after all. Not since Brazil in 1970 - and don't ask a Dutchman. By going beyond tactics and teams to examine factors as diverse as team spirit and the choice of captain, media hype and public expectation, the political climate and even the weather (luck, penalties and cheating play a part too, of course), Graham McColl has produced a World Cup book unlike any to have gone before it. And at the end of the day, he looks at what the 32 nations who have qualified for South Africa 2010 are bringing to the table, and if they have what it takes. Do England have the recipe for success? Can they win the World Cup, for the first time in 44 years? You read it here first.


An entertaining look back through World Cup history that passes itself off as an instruction manual for managers hoping to bring home the big one... McColl lays out what's required and unearths a number of diverting stories that this particular World Cup anorak had never come across before. This will help pass the time nicely as you wait for Switzerland v Honduras to kick off -- Jonathan O'Brien * When Saturday Comes * Covers the ground with good humour * Time Out *

About the Author

Graham McColl is an experienced freelance writer. He is the author of several successful books, including CELTIC: THE OFFICIAL HISTORY and CELTIC: THE JOCK STEIN YEARS, and contributes to FOUR FOUR TWO and WHEN SATURDAY COMES. He lives and works in Glasgow.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

29th April 2010


Graham McColl

More books by Graham McColl
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...


Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


304 pages


Sport from the Armchair



I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges