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Capello: The Man Behind England's World Cup Dream Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"Marcotti, an Italian football writer living in London, was born to write this book. He researched it in terrifying detail, like an American biography. One conclusion about Capello: "No grudges are ever held and you are only ever judged on performance."" (Financial Times)
"The Don Uncovered... Intriguing insight into England's enigmatic coach... A thought-provoking, impeccably researched book on an enigmatic subject" (FourFourTwo)
"This is a formidable piece of journalism mixing library research, expansive football knowledge, dozens of interviews with Capello eyewitnesses and even a few titbits from the man himself. Marcotti goes beyond the superficial public assumptions about his subject... this is a serious book about a serious chap... a detailed and lucid analysis" (Pete May Football 365)
"Meticulously researched" (Brian Viner Independent)
"Marcotti has an unrivalled network of contacts, and writes with authority and style... an intriguing portrait" (Liam Doyle The Bookseller)
The story behind the new England football manager, by the man best qualified to write it.See all Product description
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I picked up a few great ideas from this book and I am sure you will to!
Anyone who listens to Marcotti on FiveLive on a Friday night will be aware of his passion and knowledge of world football. He is a charming if not slightly anoraky broadcaster and comes across similarly in his biography of Capello . I particularly enjoyed the recounting of Capello's playing career in the 1960s and 1970s, also the account of his time with Milan in the early-1990s.
However, sometimes I felt bombarded by detail and that this book would have benefited from stricter editing. The prose is occasionally flabby and prone to cliché. Sometimes Marcotti is too keen to insert himself into the narrative and to validate his work by showing how close he is to a source.
But otherwise this is a fine, well researched and often compelling book that draws its elusive subject from his shell. Indeed after reading it, I feel more assured of England's prospects at the next World Cup than I have for a long time.
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