Reviewed by Sue Aiken (Ethiopia 1962-64)
This digital book regales us with all the beauty and memorable moments of the seventh World Cup the author attended in Qatar! Striking photography and vivid descriptions tell the reader about the great soccer being played, upsets, a remarkable final, controversies , as well as the effort of a small Middle Eastern country. Qatar is in the middle of a sprawling sand desert hosting perhaps the world’s most important sporting event!
Having been a Saturday morning soccer mom for about 10 years of my life, but growing up completely unaware of the existence of soccer, this is truly an eye opening book told only as someone with extensive knowledge, excitement and experience could tell. Kaffen takes the reader along on his travel experiences ,teaching as he goes. Even how to streamline your luggage!
Steve Kaffen dedicates his book “To you, my fellow traveler, on the road and in life,” and invites his readers to “execute your own memorable journeys.” I can relate to that!
Thus this book is both a travel book and a World Cup history. You are guaranteed to feel the excitement of the matches and outstanding performances of the players. Each day of the World Cup is described in detail including traveling to and from the stadiums along with hundreds of other fans, his own planning methods, people he met, sights along the way, and of course, the players and matches themselves. Every page is filled with photos that leap off the page because of the quality and subject matter of the photos.
Kaffen has attended the World Cup every four years. He prepares with advance planning to coordinate country visits and soccer matches. Thus the major sporting event is spot lighted against the history and culture of the host country. Examples are: South Africa (2010), Brazil (2014) and Russia (2018).
His travel and life experiences are the focus for his books. Enjoy!
Sue Aiken served in the Peace Corps after finishing Colorado College in 1962. She taught English language and literature to Ethiopian high school boys in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1962-64). She later became a Career Counselor in the San Francisco Bay area for adults in transition, and as chair of a graduate program at John F. Kennedy University. She lives in Santa Rosa, CA. Sue has two adult children, Kelly and Ben, and four grandchildren.