From the publisher:
When Asia Welcomed the World tells the story of the 2002 World Cup, a tournament that will be remembered for many reasons, from heart-warming stories to dark accusations. The book resurrects the great characters that lit up 2002's biggest footballing stage, including Ronaldo, Oliver Kahn, David Beckham and Rustu Recber, as well as humbling defeats for the game's giants at the hands of comparative minnows. It also explores the tournament's controversies and issues that arose before it had even begun.
This was Asia's first ever World Cup, with South Korea and Japan also acting as the continent's first ever co-hosts. The tournament's legacy has proved to be a divisive one, but it has remained ingrained in football's collective memory for 20 years and will continue to do so.
Danny Lewis is a freelance sports journalist and author of The Boleyn's Farewell: West Ham United's Upton Park Swansong. He also contributed to the widely acclaimed compendium Iberia Chronicles. After earning an undergraduate degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, he has written for The Athletic, ESPN, Copa90, The FA and Planet Football among other publications..