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4.0 out of 5 stars a refreshing change, 18 Sept. 2006
This review is from: The Italian Job (Hardcover)
This is a refreshing change from the run of the mill football biographies that dominate the best selling lists.

The authors managed to secure interviews with the likes of Ferguson, Wenger & Mourinho who draw on their personal experience to provide some illuminating insights into the differences between English and Italian football. The book appeared before the 2006 World Cup and uncannily predicts the relative performances of those sides there - England, limited by their players' tactical shortcomings, once again failing to live up to the hype, whereas the Italians drew strength from their off the field problems to lift the trophy.

As anyone familiar with Marcotti's pieces in The Times would expect, the book is generally well written and accessible. Some of the statistics are weak and the graphing of player's abilities looks dubious to this reader. In addition, Vialli's unsuccessful stint at Watford is completely overlooked. It will be interesting to see if the paperback edition is expanded to cover both the World Cup and the summer's corruption scandal in Italian football.

But overall this is likely to be one of the best reads of the 2006/7 season.
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