The World Cup at the AADL
I’m not normally much of a professional soccer fan (I prefer baseball), but I do like it when the U.S. team wins in world sports! Team USA has made it past the first stage at this year’s World Cup in South Africa, and will play Ghana tomorrow in the Round of 16. If they win, they continue on; if not, they go home. In honor of the U.S. team’s success thus far, here are a few books and movies at AADL about past World Cups:
The Game of Their Lives – The remarkable story of the 1950 U.S. World Cup team, made up of semiprofessionals, which defeated the powerhouse English team in the so-called “Miracle on Grass”, one of the greatest upsets in sports history. (Just like the Miracle on Ice, only soccer instead of hockey!)
Love and Blood: at the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks – A journalist’s account of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, full of funny anecdotes and colorful history.
Sixty-Six – An English boy’s bar mitzvah is overshadowed by the 1966 World Cup final, in which England will play Germany that same day. Starring Helena Bonham Carter.
The Year My Parents went on Vacation – Portuguese-language film about a young Brazilian boy whose parents go into hiding from the repressive military government at the same time that all of Brazil is excited for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico (which Brazil won).