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The Italian Job
The Italian Job
by Gianluca Vialli
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 18 July 2006
This review is from: The Italian Job (Hardcover)
This book is not an autobiography, like so many others we've read before. This is a case of a successul player and manager, Vialli, teaming up with a journalist, Marcotti, to gain unparalleled and honest access to some of the finest minds in the game today: Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger, Capello, Lippi etc. They're honest and frank when assessing some of the problems and issues facing the game today and Vialli uses their input as a platform to explore some of the most basic questions in football.

Throughout, ever the perfectionist, Vialli presents meticulous research to back up his views, such as disproving the myth that better weather in Italy produces more technical players or providing evidence that in Italy managers are sacked far more often but have less trouble getting back into the game.

This book moves past football, looking at basic cultural differences and how they are changing and converging over time. It's an excellent read for anyone who enjoys the game and isn't afraid to ask themselves difficult questions.

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