Cup guide on the ball

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am

The Ultimate World Cup Guide 2010 is a must have for football fans.

At 132 pages, it is all a football fan needs to know about the World Cup, the 32 teams playing, the history of the event and all the highlights.

It examines the players and coaches of each team, and provides a group by group analysis.

You can read about the greatest scandals and legends, the biggest losers and many other facts.

Readers can also look back on 80 years of past tournaments in a pictorial history of the event.

The book will take a look at the 10 stadiums where the tournament will be played. The most spectacular is Soccer City in Johannesburg, the venue for the opening and final matches. It resembles a calabash, a type of African pot, and can seat more than 90,000 people.

The A to Z of England at the World Cup section offers many amusing facts on one of the most storied teams in World Cup history.

The book comes with a wall chart allowing fans to chart the teams' progress. Also included is a random World Cup poster card, with 19 to collect.

The book costs HK$155 and is available at Relay, Dymocks and Page One.