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For every football fan the World Cup Finals are the most extraordinary celebration of the game. As we look forward to Brazil hosting the 2014 tournament, this outstanding collection of photographs by Alistair Berg captures fan culture around the world at its most vibrant and characterful.
First published prior to the 2010 World Cup, the book is a unique chronicle of a 20 year period that saw enormous changes in football and a massive surge in support for the game. It covers five World Cup Finals as well as grassroots football, from pub teams and Sunday league to children playing barefoot in the streets of Brazil or in the townships of South Africa. Images are drawn from every continent and a chapter is devoted to each World Cup from 1990 to 2006. There is also a special extended section on the game in Africa.
Alistair Berg has worked as a freelance photographer for over twenty years, visiting more than fifty countries for some of the world’s most prominent publications and advertising agencies. He was a member of the French press agency, Gamma, before joining the prestigious reportage agency IPG. In 2004 he moved with his wife and young family to Cape Town, where he is now based.
Despite the variety of assignments he has undertaken, Alistair has always photographed football culture. He has continued to see the World Cup Finals from the perspective of the fans as they make their pilgrimage to the mecca of the world game.
Rogan Taylor is an academic, writer, broadcaster and football activist. He is the author of several books on football including The Day of the Hillsborough Disaster and Kicking and Screaming. An Oral History of Football in England. He is also founder member and chairman of the Football Supporters’ Association, launched in Liverpool after the Heysel disaster.
Hardback, 288 pages
300 colour photographs
320mm x 245mm
A DEWI LEWIS MEDIA TITLE