Did you know that an English football player did the poo on the field during a game? Or that a referee purchased a life insurance before directing the first World Cup final? Or that the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen and later found in the trash?
The history of the world championships of football is full of curious and unpredictable episodes. Just like the match of qualification that started a real war between El Salvador and Honduras, or the time the Argentines gave a bottle of poisoned water to the Brazilians. Not to mention the Sheikh of Kuwait, who forced a referee to annul a goal, or the statue of Zidane’s headbutt to Materazzi.
These and many other incredible stories are gathered by Marco Impiglia, famous Italian journalist and founder of the “Italian Society for the History of Sport”, in a funny gallery of 777 anecdotes between myth and reality, from the first 1930 World Cup until today.