Americans and football as a rule don't mix. The 1994 World Cup, held in the USA for the first time, is remebered as much for the football as the small amount of Americans who knew that it was taking place. The American author Joe McGinnes is a wonderful exception in his passionate account of the smallest of small Italian teams playing within touching distance of the most famous league in the world. The facts themselves are barely credible; Castel di Sangro playing in Serie B for the the first time in their history have a total population of 5,000 when most opposing spectators have 20,000 spectators at their home games. It is a footballing miracle which sould have all fnas enthralled. McGinness is not completley swept along, his egotistical nature leads him to question everything. This leads to cringeworthy tactical discussions with the trainer Jaconi but also importantly to confronting the corruption that lurks behind this miracle. The book without doubt is the better for it
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