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Calcio: A History of Italian Football
Calcio: A History of Italian Football
by John Foot
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of Calcio, 18 April 2012
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Having grown up through the days of Rivera, Mazzola, Sivori, Charles when Italian football was the most important thing in everyone's life, this book gave me a very good background of the way the modern game has developed in Italy. Controversial in parts with its description of certain characters (Nereo Rocco for one), but accurately puts its finger on the reasons for calcio's decline over the years: betting scandals, corruption, doubts about results, endless court cases, violence in the grounds. And throughout all this the national side managed to win 2 World Cups since 1982!
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.

Price: 4.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read reviews, 18 Oct 2007
This review is from: Desire (Audio CD)
I don't normally write reviews, but I couldn't help it reading what some people think about this album. So, if you don't like Dylan, don't understand the greatest songwriter of this (or any other) generation, then don't bother listening to this album, don't buy it and DON'T, for goodness' sake, write reviews!
Listen to Romance in Durango, listen to Black Diamond Bay (Yes, Hurricane, Joey, they are all great) and hear the master storyteller at work. Follow the story in "Durango" and if you fail to shiver as he sings "I feel a sharp pain" then you are made of stone.
Fail to smile as you are taken to Black Diamond Bay where all the characters show up almost af if leftovers from Desolation Row and you have no sense of humour. Then hear Joey and don't sympathise with a nasty criminal? Go on, I dare you, open your ears and LISTEN!

Now it's up to you, for me this is one of the top 3 Dylan albums, and possibly his very best.
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