In 1964 Ryszard Kapuscinski was appointed by the Polish Press Agency as its only foreign correspondent, and for the next ten
years he was 'responsible' for fifty countries. He befriended Che Guevara in Bolivia, Salvador Allende in Chile and Patrice
Lumumba in the Congo. He reported on the fighting that broke out between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969 around their matches
to determine which one of them would qualify for the 1970 World Cup. By the time he returned to Poland he had witnessed twenty-seven
revolutions and coups. The Soccer War is Kapuscinski's eyewitness account of some of the most defining moments in twentieth-century
'Kapuscinski is the conjurer extraordinaire of modern reportage, and The Soccer War is a splendid example
of his magic' John Le Carre.