Calcio: a history of Italian football

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Fourth Estate, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 565 pages
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Calcio is John Foot's love letter to Italian football and its absorbing history.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.Calcio is no longer a game. It is sometimes difficult to define it as a sport. It is certainly big business and a fanatical civic religion. There is no moral code here. Winners are always right, losers always wrong. This history of Italian football - the first written in English - is a mix of serious analysis and comic storytelling, with vivid descriptions of games, goals, dives, missed penalties, riots and scandals in the richest and toughest league in the world.

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User Review  - George - Goodreads

An enlightening exposition of Italian football from an author with a clear passion for Italian football. The murky side of Italian football is ruthlessly exposed as is the Italian psyche with regards to the games and their total disregard for the concept of fair play. Read full review

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User Review  - Дмитро Булах - Goodreads

Great reading based on an enormous investigation enriched with details and written with passion. Maybe one of the greatest way to explore Italian culture Read full review


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

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