Soccer's 2006 World Cup is months away, and the buildup is already captivating fans. In North America, interest in the game has never been higher: The U.S. team stormed through qualifiers for next year's tournament in Germany; movies like Bend It Like Beckham are endearing the sport to a new generation; youth soccer programs are flourishing; and the 12 Major League Soccer franchises are attracting unprecedented crowds.
Just in time for the global frenzy surrounding next summer's finals, Soccer 365 Days captures the most exciting, pivotal moments of World Cup action in words, statistics, and nearly 600 photographs. Superstars profiled include Franz Beckenbauer, Ronaldo, Zinédine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, David Beckham, Claudio Reyna, Earnie Stewart, and Pelé. A great Father's Day gift, it's the perfect primer for anyone gripped by World Cup fever.