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  - Swati - Goodreads

Calcio was a long read. Some books can be that. When you're hanging on every word - sometimes due to the incredulity of the content, sometimes out of familiarity and nostalgia, and sometimes because ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emil - Goodreads

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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