This summer, athletes and fans from over 30 nations will gather in Brazil
, called together by one common and powerful obsession: futebol, "O Jogo Bonito" (The Beautiful Game). The 2014 FIFA World Cup
kicked off June 12 with the Brazilians defending their home turf against Croatia and continues through mid-July with 64 rousing matches in 12 Brazilian cities. Whether following the tournament from your armchair or cheering from a rowdy South American stadium, these books allow you to track your favorite team, understand the sport and explore the rich culture of the host country -- from Brazil’s sophisticated cities to its soccer fields.