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Calcio: A History of Italian Football by [Foot, John]
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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

'Foot mixes serious analysis and comic storytelling to bring to life tales of paranoia and intrigue…’ Scotland on Sunday

‘“Calcio” is an impressive addition: a comprehensive history of Italy's national obsession…' Sunday Business Post

'The jacket's claim that Calcio should be read “by anyone interested in football” is far too modest – it should be read by anyone interested in either football or Italy.' Guardian

Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph

'...the pace never slackens...a meticulous and knowledgeable guide...leaves the reader wanting to investigate further.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1692 KB
  • Print Length: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FOGXI
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 coach of Gunnar Gren, Nordahl and Nils Liedholm is not referenced once - at all - in the book. Is that even possible?
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It took me a while to read the whole book; I found myself dipping in and out of it, and I guess that is the good and bad about it: you can read it and enjoy it but it ain't going to set your world alight in the way that Tardelli or Zola did. Foot clearly knows his stuff and has done his research and some of the book is very interesting, but a lot of it drags on rather, as if he is trying to fill a chapter/topic with yet another story when he probably didn't need to. It can be over-factual and encyclopaedic when I would have liked a bit more personal interest from him or the characters he details. But I do now know more about Italian football and I like it for that.
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A great read for anyone interested in football, Italy or Italian football. The author takes us through the history, the scandals, the players, the teams and the mysteries which have surrounded the game in Italy. Funny, sad and powerful at the same time, it reads like a thriller whilst having a strong historical base in documents and research. Great Stuff! I learnt a lot despite being a fan of the game. Hilarious section on the English and Scottish players failures in Italy. Terrifying section on the fans.
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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.
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A great book that will entertain you with knowledge, little facts (do you know why Italy's away kit is white?) and above all an insight into Italian football and the personalities that have shaped it!
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This massive work gives a sweeping survey of the history of Italian football. Brilliantly written, Calcio is full of great anecdotes and thought-provoking, intelligent analysis without going into unnecessary detail. Calcio touches on every aspect of football in Italy and particuarly shines in the tragic rise and fall of Torino and the Superga tragedy. A story which is important in the story of not onyl Italian football but also in world football but yet maybe not widley known in the UK.

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!!
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This book is a good read but suffers from repetition and too many tangents into trivia (albeit often interesting trivia). Its a thick book full of information yet also oddly misses some stuff out. The Italian Cup is said to be hated for example but the author does not even devote a paragraph to why this might be. Instead we have the same events and people mentioned over and over again with short recaps on the same events over and over again.

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.
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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.
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