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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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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Seems to go over everything without ever going in depth with any of it. It's an enjoyable read, but leaving me hungrier for something more. But the anti Juve stuff wins me over. 5 stars. Fuck juve. Read full review


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

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