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In the Heat of the Midday Sun: The Indelible Story of the 1986 World Cup

Steven Scragg

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From the publisher:

In the Heat of the Midday Sun is a love letter to the 1986 World Cup. A tournament viewed via the shimmering satellite images of an age before the dawn of high-definition coverage - which was introduced four years later, at Italia '90 - it was the last World Cup where the commentaries sounded like they were broadcast from the surface of the moon. Mexico took on the tournament after Colombia failed to deliver on their host candidature, relinquishing the rights in 1983.

With a devastating Mexico City earthquake just eight months before the big kick-off, it was a miracle that the Estadio Azteca was still able to be the venue of Diego Maradona's greatest and most infamous hours. As well as Argentina's most gifted son, Mexico '86 was blessed by the presence of Socrates, Platini, Francescoli, Butragueno, Belanov and Elkjaer to name but a few of the icons on display. This is the story of an evocative World Cup that seemed to be held together by Sellotape.

The author:

Steven is a senior writer and podcaster for These Football Times. He has featured on Guardian Sport and The Athletic. His debut book, A Tournament Frozen in Time, was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year at The Telegraph's 2020 Sports Book Awards. He also authored the book's sequels, Where the Cool Kids Hung Out and The Undisputed Champions of Europe.


Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
352 pages
Includes colour photo section
May 2022