Soccer: Consolation from the Cup

The Empire is gone. The pound is going down — and now even skirts seem to be. The Beatles were hooted out of Manila, and the national cricket team is currently getting clobbered by the West Indies. Still, England oscillates. The cause of the excitement is an ugly, 12-in.-high trophy known as the World Cup and symbolic of supremacy in soccer — a game that seems tame to Americans, but still is the most popular spectator sport on earth. In London last week, after years of trying, England finally won the World Cup by defeating West Germany 4-2.

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