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The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining stories from a sport's coming of age

Kieran Theivam, Jeff Kassouf

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From the publisher:

With a foreword by England legend Kelly Smith, the country's all-time record goalscorer and a player widely considered one of the best to have played the game. The exciting story of one of the fastest growing sports in the world, played by over 30 million girls and women. Over 25 million people tuned in for the Americans' 2015 Women's World Cup final victory - the most-watched football match in United States history.

The Making of the Women's World Cup details the most incredible tales from previous Women's World Cups, including:

  • Carli Lloyd's 13-minute hat trick and the worldwide movement set off by 2015
  • How Japan made their country smile for the first time since the devastating tsunami
  • The USA's World Cup triumph on home soil in 1999
  • Germany's back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2007
  • Marta's magic: The birth of a Brazilian icon
  • How Kelly Smith announced her arrival with the kiss of a boot
  • The beginnings of Australia's golden generation
  • The 122nd-minute USA equalizer against Brazil: the quarterfinal that changed everything
  • The dawn of the Lionesses: England joins world elite through tears of joy and despair

The author:

KIERAN THEIVAM started following women's football in 2009 and began covering the game in 2011, first by blogging, before launching the UK's first podcast dedicated to the women's game in 2013. Since then, he has written for various national outlets both in the United Kingdom and United States, while acting as an expert voice for radio stations including BBC 5Live and BBC World Service. He has covered a World Cup, European Championships and Champions League Finals, while cultivating relationships with players and organisations from various parts of the globe.

JEFF KASSOUF has been covering soccer - with an emphasis on advancing the women's game - since 2008. In 2009, he launched The Equalizer, still the leading website dedicated exclusively to comprehensive women's soccer coverage in North America. In four years at NBC Sports, he covered two Olympics - overseeing record-breaking livestreaming and Sports Emmy-winning digital storytelling - and spearheaded digital coverage of the Premier League in the company's first three seasons with the rights. He became the first US editor of FourFourTwo in 2016, managing the launch of the iconic brand in the US market. He played soccer competitively from early childhood through college.


20 x 13 cm
224 pages
May 2019