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Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer #2020

Winning at All Costs A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer The World Cup final between Italy and France was a down and dirty game marred by French superstar Zidane s head butting of Italian defender Materazzi But viewers were also exposed to the poetry

  • Title: Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer
  • Author: John Foot
  • ISBN: 9781568583686
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer By John Foot, The 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France was a down and dirty game, marred by French superstar Zidane s head butting of Italian defender Materazzi But viewers were also exposed to the poetry, force, and excellence of the Italian game as operatic as Verdi and as cunning as Machiavelli, it seemed to open a window into the Italian soul John Foot s epic history shoThe 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France was a down and dirty game, marred by French superstar Zidane s head butting of Italian defender Materazzi But viewers were also exposed to the poetry, force, and excellence of the Italian game as operatic as Verdi and as cunning as Machiavelli, it seemed to open a window into the Italian soul John Foot s epic history shows what makes Italian soccer so unique Mixing serious analysis and comic storytelling, Foot describes its humble origins in northern Italy in the 1890s to its present day incarnation where soccer is the national civic religion A story that is reminiscent of Gangs of New York and A Clockwork Orange, Foot shows how the Italian game like its political culture has been overshadowed by big business, violence, conspiracy, and tragedy, how demagogues like Benito Mussolini and Silvio Berlusconi have used the game to further their own political ambitions But Winning at All Costs also celebrates the sweet moments the four World Cup victories, the success of Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, the role soccer played in the resistance to Nazism, and the great managers and players who show that Italian soccer is as irresistible as Italy itself.

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    1. This bear of a 500 page book took me months to get through But it wasn t for lack of trying or for anything to do with the quality of the read There s simply SO MUCH information in this book that it s hard to take it all in John Foot truly did his homework on the entire nation of Italy as it relates to a long, brutal, violent, corrupt and yet beautiful history of Calcio soccer If there were a class about the scandalous history of Italian soccer, this beast would be the textbook It covers everyth [...]

    2. After the triumph of Italy in 2006, I distanced myself from Football in general I didn t need this book to confirm my doubts, conspiracy theorizing is part of my personality against many a farce like the 9 11 for an example Unlike 9 11 few die as a direct result of football corruption Read this book if you want to understand the culture behind the violence, corruption and racism that is always ever so present inside the Italian culture, or Calcio for that matter The end justifies the means Is th [...]

    3. I bought this a year ago after hearing the author speak at Hofstra University, but its fatness, coupled with my general disdain for calcio , stopped me from picking it up Then last week, for no apparent reason, I decided that I really wanted to read it, and tore right through its 500 pages It s just very well themed and entertainingly written, and I learned about a ton of stuff I never knew, like Scottish players Denis Law and Joe Baker s drunken car crash in Turin, or the fact that all the corr [...]

    4. John Foot s knowledge of Italian football is incredible, however this book feels like a watered down version of his successful Calcio A history of Italian football.The book flows nicely and has a lot of interesting anecdotes and historical facts which demonstrate just how familiar the author is with Italian football and society as a whole I found Foot s commentary of some of the events to be slightly biased, especially against As Roma The fact that he only dedicated one chapter to the biggest s [...]

    5. fascinating though it is not well organized, it s very entertaining events are presented with a sense of humor the only way to look at so much corruption, really i didn t realize the book was so outdated, the 2006 world cup and the moggiopoli scandal are only covered in the afterword i would have liked to read a lot about both, hopefully the next updated edition of the book will address this.

    6. The original title of this book is appropriate Calcio A History of Italian Soccer it is clear that the publishers saw an opportunity to trick some readers into purchasing the book after the scandal of game fixing and bribery in 2006 But the book is much comprehensive than that, covering the high points of Italian soccer from its inception in the early 20th century Not for leisurely readers you need to love soccer and be very interested in Italian soccer.

    7. This was an interesting, yet frustrating read Many of the incidents were repeated numorous time but some of the interesting ones were glossed over The history was not told in a linear way, so it skipped around from the beginnings or Calcio, to present time, to the 70 s then back to the beginnings, over and over again for 500 pages ugh If you are interested in learning about Calcio, I m sure there are better books out there.

    8. An interesting read for those who love Soccer, Italy, and History The book ends with the Italian 2006 World Cup victory and should update after the 2014 World Cup As much as I love the World Cup and Italian soccer, this book also underscores the dangers of nationalism at these events it was sad to see the racism, etc hurled at France because of their diverse team.

    9. the best in one of my favorite genres, the national sport history book Comprehensive scope, bursting with wild stories bizarre characters The writing s occasionally dry but when the subject s this juicy, you ll not be bored.

    10. This book is a tour de force on Italian soccer The author brings quality insight as a historian of modern Italian history that makes the book a worthy read This book is probably for soccer junkies, but it is highly recommended.

    11. You ve got to be a true soccer fan to make it through this book Part historical, part seemingly fiction, John Foot takes you into the terrifying world of Italian soccer It s a great read and a little scary

    12. A scandalous history is right I haven t finished it yet, so I don t know the author s conclusion yet.

    13. Fairly dry recital of what a very juicy history Does help explain the Italian mentality on the pitch, why they chose Berlusconi and why they cheat on their taxes.

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