The World Cup Around the World

Spanish players celebrate with the trophy after the ceremony following the 2010 FIFA World Cup between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, South Africa.

New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey reports on the world's most popular sports in his new book Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer. Vecsey explains the emotional connections between fans and teams and the various business and government interests at play in each of the last eight tournaments.