All Played Out: Full Story of Italia '90 Hardcover – 29 Oct 1990
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Classic of footballing literature re-issued in b-format. 'This could well be the best book ever written about football. ' Time Out. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The essential strength of the book is the honesty and trust Davies received from the England manager and players. They were aware that Davies was not seeking to grab sensationalist headlines for the 'brat-pack' gutter-press back home and also that the book would not be appearing until well after the end of the tournament. This gave the major protoganists in England's tournament the chance to speak openly with the author and the results are fascinating, particularly the interview with John Barnes.
Overall, the book is a terrific reminder of England's most successful overseas World Cup. A more literary and authoritative type of football book than something like Fever Pitch, this is a must for any football lovers bookshelf.
The sporting literature revolution of the 1990s in the UK owes a hell of a lot of Italia 90; Gazza's tears, Nessun Dorma, Gary Lineker's deranged smile after David Platt's goal against Belgium and all. But that revolution also owes a hell of a lot to Pete Davies, whose All Played Out is rivalled only by Duncan Hamilton's Provided You Don't Kiss Me and Gary Imlach's My Father... when it comes to football writing. Good football writing had been thin on the ground until Davies somehow managed to wangle unlimited access to Bobby Robson's World Cup squad. Since then, among the glut of cash-in autobiographies there have been many nuggets of gold.
The book is part travel article, part interview, part match report and part news bulletin. That's not to say it's disjointed, however. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bit by bit then:
The travel stuff sets the scene perfectly. Italy is a beautiful country, and in 1990 it was blessed with the most aesthetically pleasing stadia in the world. Davies documents his travels around one of the most frenzied, stunning countries in the world in a manner that would do Bill Bryson justice.
The interviews are candid, insightful, funny and, in the case of Paul Gascoigne, incredibly sad. The way the players open up to Davies when they were doing their best to shut out the rest of the press is testament to Davies' journalistic skills. Knowing now how these players' futures have been shaped makes their predictions for their lives after football fascinating reading.Read more ›
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“All Played Out” is the tale of Italia ’90, with a focus on England’s time there. It is interesting reading it now as in many ways despite not being that long ago it seems a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tim Roast
Great book, a must read for footy lovers of any club. Great stuff about Robson, Gazza, and Butcher mainly.Published 19 months ago by LJH
I was 10 when Italia 90 came round, it was my World Cup. I collected the stickers, watched endless matches and shed more tears than Gazza when England went out. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul Haywood-Schiefer
This is such a heartwarming and detailed story of a classic football tournament which captured a nations imagination well written and a good book.Published on 5 Nov. 2013 by Sam Mummery
I first read this book 2 years ago and have read it again twice. An incredibly engrossing read about the last truly iconic world cup. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by G. Thompson
Quite simply, this is the best book I have ever read. Never before have I been so touched by the emotion and poignancy of sport. Truly incredible.Published on 25 Jun. 2011 by Tommy Curran