- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (20 Aug. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007175752
- ISBN-13: 978-0007175758
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Calcio: A History of Italian Football Paperback – 20 Aug 2007
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‘“Calcio: A History of Italian Football” reveals more about the national character than any dry study of politics or economics ever could. This is a hefty work but there is so much going on that the pace never slackens. Foot is a meticulous and knowledgeable guide to his complex subject and leaves the reader wanting to investigate further.’ Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph
‘John Foot is head over heels in love with calcio, and his detailed, thematically structured account of its past and present is overwhelming evidence of that.’ Independent, Sport Section Book of the Week
'An excellent chapter on British failures in Serie A but it's the many scandals that one keeps coming back to.' Observer Sport Monthly
'Foot's exemplary history shows how football and Italian society are inextricably intertwined, and is full of fascinating vignettes.' Sunday Times
'Highly readable… “Calcio” has set an impressive benchmark for football histories in general.' Sean O'Connor, Soccerpile.com
'Like a match-winning penalty taken in extra time, this is a book not to be missed.' Oldie
About the Author
John Foot is the author of four books: ‘Modern Italy’, ‘Winning at All Costs’, ‘Milan Since the Miracle’ and ‘Calcio’.
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The more recent times, with Maradona, Van Basten, Gullit, Baggio, Paolo Rossi, Baresi, Maldini and hundreds of world class players appearing in Serie A are well worth pondering over; back in the 1980-1990 all the best players in the world competed in what was then the best league in the world. A far cry from today's half-full arenas.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Calcio does a very good job in attempting to shed light on the Italian mindset and the culture and society that spawned its approach to the beautiful game.
The author John Foot clearly has alot of love for the Italian game but that doesnt cloud his judgement of the dark side of the game. He is rightly outraged by the unchecked racism that has blighted the game since the 1990s. In fact the book really ecsells in the chapters on fan culture. He also delves into the scandals and murders that have occured within the game.
From the origins of Calcio through to the personalties who have shaped the game, such as Benito Mussolini and on to Silvio Berlusconi, Foot has created a detailed and enjoyaable account of Italian football. All the major players who have played the game including; Gianni Rivera, Giacinto Facchetti, Gigi Riva, Marco Van Bastin etc, are all examined.
This book is a superb journey into a football crazy nation highlighting some of the best and worst of Italian mentality. It is only a pity that this wasn't published until later so as to include the recent match fixing scandal, the largest in Italian history, and Italys triumph in the World Cup.
Key players are also covered in Calcio with splashes of humour as well as an assessment of their place and impact in Italian football. The real value of Calcio is that it gives you an accessible introduction of the history of Italian football and that it encourages you to read more on particular aspects of this subject.
A great read!!
A good edit could have removed a third of the book and made it a much better read. Its still a good book and worth having but could have been so much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most amazing part of this book is the way that Liverpool Football Club are referenced twenty times in the index and George Raynor, coach of Juventus and Lazio in 1955, and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ac Hyne
Excellent, the book arrived in very good time. Nice publicationPublished 4 months ago by James brooks
Nice book to read if you are interested in the history and intrigue of italian footballPublished 6 months ago by Nello Mauri
A very thorough book, I wish I had read it while I was in Italy rather than after I'd left. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Italian football.Published 9 months ago by Mark Storey
I really enjoyed this book. It is quite an epic read. I first discovered Italian football around the time of the great Sacchi team of Van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard, Baresi, Maldini,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephen Craik