Calcio: A History of Italian Football

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Fourth Estate, Jan 1, 2006 - Soccer - 565 pages
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'Calcio' tells the story of Italian football from its origins in the 1890s to the present day. It takes us through a history of great players and teams, of style, passion and success, but also of violence, cynicism, catenaccio tactics and corruption. We meet the personalities that have shaped this history from the Italian heroes to the foreigners that failed, the model professionals to the mavericks. 'Calcio' evokes the triumphs (the 1982 World Cup victory) and the tragedies (Meroni, the 'Italian George Best', killed by his number one fan), set against a backdrop of paranoia and intrigue, in a country where the referee is seen as corrupt until proven otherwise.

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User Review  - Idlan Zakaria - Goodreads

A brilliant read - could be a tad too much for the non football fan. Focuses on events, characters and people rather than a linear factual analysis, which was refreshing. A brilliant depiction of the complexities of sport in society. Read full review

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User Review  - Stevie Mcdermott - Goodreads

Relatively early in John Foot's summary of Italian football history, he describes a group of Genoa fans at a train station, en route to an away game in a different part of the country in 1923: "They ... Read full review

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The Referee
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Turin
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Dr. John Foot is a Research Fellow, at the University College London.

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