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A three way collaboration between the BBC, FIFA’s archives and Interact resulted in World Cup Stories - the History of the FIFA World Cup.

FIFA had released new footage of the World Cups from 1930 to the present day.

The BBC production team was given access to a number of legends from the tournament and the resulting interviews revealed the stories behind the headlines from a host of tournaments.

Interact earned the right to publish the book to accompany the series. It persuaded former Match managing editor and World Cup regular Chris Hunt to come in as author and work with the BBC and turn the mass of material and footage into the best World Cup history so far published.

The book reached the top 25 in the non-fiction charts in 2006 and was updated and re-published for 2010 with a final chapter on the 2006 World Cup.

“The greatest tournament on earth, skilfully brought to life with compelling stories and fantastic photography. A great read.” 442

World Cup Stories

Published by Interact

Price: £19.99
2006; 2010
Based on:
BBC & FIFA TV series
Author & Editor:
Chris Hunt Editions: 2