From the publisher:
Glory and Despair is a pictorial celebration of the World Cup that takes us on a spellbinding journey, from the inaugural tournament in 1930 to the present day. Using stunning library stock images, the book brings to life the feats of the greatest stars ever to grace the game, including Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Michel Platini, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore and both Ronaldos. This beautiful visual homage covers the great matches, the incredible goals, the controversies, heroes and villains, capturing the most iconic moments in the greatest tournament of any sport.
Glory and Despair is an essential piece of World Cup nostalgia that honours the history of the greatest football show on earth.
Matthew Bazell is author of the 2021 sports photography books Soul & Glory: English Football 1950-1989 and Wars of the Ring: Boxing Classics. His other football titles include Theatre of Silence, which includes a guest chapter from John Lydon. His 2019 release We've Only Got One Song is a collection of more than 400 songs and chants from the fans of Arsenal FC. He also penned the boxing book The Greatest Fights that Never Were.