This is a very different look at the World Cup. It is a book of drawings by 35-year-old Argentinian German Aczel, who now lives in Munich. Aczel, as he signs himself, has taken many of the iconic photographs from World Cup history and turned them into caricatures, giving each an added unique dimension.
Aczel's art also looks forward to the 2010 finals to be staged in South Africa, the first time the African continent has held the tournament.
The drawings are accompanied by short histories of each of the World Cups, which began in 1930 in Uruguay.
The story of the World Cup has been told at least a million times in recent years, but never quite as attractively as it is in a new book by the Argentinean artist German Aczel... and it’s mostly magnificent.
It will take something special to stand out from the crowd among the plethora of books celebrating the 2010 World Cup. However, artist German Aczel has managed to give the tournament a unique perspective, producing a wonderful history in caricature. ... created brilliant drawings that capture vividly the character of the individuals and the drama of the event. With pencils and watercolours, Aczel also brings new life to some of the tournaments never-to-be-forgotten moments...
Finds an eye-catching twist … by presenting the World Cup in the way that it is best suited – visually. ...you could ask for no better collection to adorn your coffee table … guaranteed to snare theinterest of any fan, it will make an off-the-wall addition to any shelf buckling under the weight of World Cup related literature
A very different, and extremely attractive, alternative view of of some of the most memorable occasions in football history.
...this is one of the best World Cup books you could hope for. Indeed, long after this summer’s competition is over this would still make a valid present. It is a book to treasure. He takes us through every one of the tournaments since 1930 and does so with a wonderful touch – the older the competition, the more sepia are the drawings. Each final gets its own comic strip, and some of his drawings of crucial goals, with arrows depicting the movement of players or the ball, are so good they could put newspaper graphics departments out of business. The Wayne Rooney caricature is superb.
Gives iconic World Cup images an added unique dimension
Amongst the wave of indescribable tat released to co-incide and feed upon South Africa 2010 has been some true gems of publishing. We regard German Aczel's excellent new tome as being firmly in the latter camp. German is a brilliant artist but foremost a football fan. And it is this passion for the game which really comes across in his book The World Cup 1930-2010 - the best visual account of the world's greatest tournament that we have ever come across.We love it, we really do. If there is a better way of portraying the World Cup then we have yet to see it.
If you don't buy this book, you're missing out on a visually fixating journey through time. The world game has never been so carefully crafted in pictures, so meticulously scribed and fun in so many ways. This is one for the coffee table not the bookshelf. Everyone can enjoy this thoroughly entertaining look at the World Cup. Just don't ask me to lend it to you.