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Customer Review

11 May 2018
This book is such a great pleasure. If you're old enough to remember Italia '90, it brings it all back in enthralling detail - and if that pivotal tournament was before your time, this is a wonderful account of why it mattered so much, how it changed football so much both in England and in the world, and how thrilling and dramatic it was along the way.
From Romania to Buenos Aires, from Palermo to the Persian Gulf, from Turin to Cameroon, Hart's done a superb job of tracking down a richly rewarding cast of characters. Milla, Schillaci, Bilardo, Littbarski, Butcher, of course Paul Gascoigne - there are so many voices here bringing the event to life, and giving us also the wider context, the shape of the world and the game in 1990.
It's an eye-opener to be reminded of how very different things were. It feels like yesterday, but it feels like another universe as well. This book does a glorious job of taking us back there, and I enjoyed every page of it.
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