GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL. Yep, it’s that time again: the 2014 FIFA World Cup is here! The host nation is Brazil and it’s the first time since 1950 that the Cup has taken place in the futebol-crazed nation (Brazil is the only country that has won the Cup five times).
To get you in the spirit of the game, here is a selection of World Cup-related books:
Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer by David Goldblatt
The Mammoth Book of the World Cup by Nick Holt
Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos
Shocking Brazil: Six Games That Shook the World Cup by Fernando Duarte and Gilberto Silva
To find out more about the World Cup, which is the most popular sporting event in the world (it’s true!), check out FIFA’s official website. The Cup runs from June 12 to July 13.
The host nation Brazil kicks off the Cup on Thursday, June 12, at 3 p.m. CST with a match versus Croatia. Spain, the reigning champion, squares off against the Netherlands on Friday, June 13, at 2 p.m., while the United States team will play its first match, against Ghana, on Sunday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Visit ESPN’s World Cup site for the full line-up.