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Calcio: 1898-2007 Storia dello sport che ha fatto l'Italia

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Questo libro è la lettera d’amore che un inglese indirizza al calcio italiano, emblema della bellezza e della passione che può concentrarsi in uno sport. Ma è anche la testimonianza di un’indignazione per gli scandali, gli affari sporchi, la violenza e il razzismo degli ultras. È n’accuratissima storia delle squadre più gloriose, dei campioni più rappresentativi, delle fil ...more
Hardcover, Storica, 623 pages
Published April 2007 by Rizzoli (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 07, 2016 Efka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kitos, non-fiction

If you consider yourself a fan of The Azzurri, this book is a must. It's like a football fan's holy bible - it starts when there was no Italian football, it oversees the creation, the evolution, the rise of a beautiful game, and, as football is bordering religion in Italy, no wonder I compared this book to a bible.

The extent this book covers is simply amazing. You can name anything related to Italian football, and you will find it described here: referees, scandals club presidents, outstanding
Written more from the perspective of a fan rather than a journalist, it would've benefitted from a better editor.

It's still a good book and presents very well the uniqueness of Calcio and Italy.
Bullshit Interista. Great research!
Stevie Mcdermott
Jun 24, 2014 Stevie Mcdermott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatively early in John Foot's summary of Italian football history, he describes a group of Genoa fans at a train station, en route to an away game in a different part of the country in 1923: "They have scrawled graffiti on a train: Foot-ball, acute mania." Even in 1923, Italians were psychologically gripped by a sport that had barely been played in their country for three decades; today, one in every two professes a love of the sport. And so it is left to Foot to relay this deep-rooted mania t ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Swati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calcio was a long read. Some books can be that. When you're hanging on every word - sometimes due to the incredulity of the content, sometimes out of familiarity and nostalgia, and sometimes because you can almost see images playing out in your head like reels you never got to watch until certain eras were past.

Wonderfully detailed, witty and serious in equal measures, Calcio was resplendent with descriptions of players (some of whom are legends), fans, stadiums, commentators, referees, and sca
An ok history of Italian football, I would have liked a bit more depth on the formation of the leagues etc rather than focusing on the main and well known players and teams
Philippe Van den Abbeele
Dat La Gazzetta dello Sport de meest gelezen krant van Italië is, hoeft niet te verbazen. Voetbal is in Italië, meer dan elders, een afspiegeling van de samenleving. In geen enkel ander land is de verwevenheid van calcio met de politieke, economische en sociale structuren zo groot.
Zo heeft het noord-zuidvraagstuk, dat het schiereiland sinds het Risorgimento verdeelt, ook een grote sociale en sportieve impact. Een spandoek waarop 'Benvenuti in Italia' prijkt wanneer Napoli uit het Mezzogiorno op
Aug 14, 2012 Agung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang diperlukan setiap fans sepakbola, khususnya para pemuja calcio. Di Italia, sepakbola sudah menjadi bagian dari hidup dan dengan teratur John Foot menjabarkan bagian per bagian. Foot membagi bukunya ke dalam 15 bab, antara lain mulai dari membahas tentang sejarah masuknya sepakbola ke Italia, kota-kota sepakbola, klub-klub ternama, pelatih, pemain, serta kemudian tentang timnas Azzurri. Buku ini dapat menjadi pegangan karena mencatat banyak kejadian penting dalam sejarah calcio serta me ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what the subtitle says it is. Thought it was pretty decent, it's both a topic and a country that I'm interested in, so enjoyed it. However, it's more a study in Italian football culture, shown through some of the key events. I think that my reading would have benefitted from it being structured differently. I understand that by ordering it thematically he is trying to showcase that the world of calcio is a mirror to that of Italy itself, but my mind doesn't work like that. I find it way ...more
Idlan Zakaria
Jun 13, 2014 Idlan Zakaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read - could be a tad too much for the non football fan. Focuses on events, characters and people rather than a linear factual analysis, which was refreshing. A brilliant depiction of the complexities of sport in society.
An enlightening exposition of Italian football from an author with a clear passion for Italian football. The murky side of Italian football is ruthlessly exposed as is the Italian psyche with regards to the games and their total disregard for the concept of fair play.
Jan 24, 2015 Emil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seems to go over everything without ever going in depth with any of it. It's an enjoyable read, but leaving me hungrier for something more.

But the anti Juve stuff wins me over. 5 stars. Fuck juve.
Oct 08, 2012 Gregor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started of interesting enough, but was a bit of a slog getting through this one. 2.5 out of 5. Rounded up to 3 as I'm feeling generous.
Oct 30, 2015 Luca rated it really liked it
Shelves: sport
Sorprendente analisi della storia del calcio italiano, scritta da un autore inglese capace di identificare passaggi cruciali dello sport e della storia del Paese.
Ragnar Liaskar
Jul 29, 2014 Ragnar Liaskar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fotball
A quality history lesson on the italians favourite sport, calcio.
Nov 11, 2012 Cathal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit anti Juve
Дмитро Булах
Great reading based on an enormous investigation enriched with details and written with passion. Maybe one of the greatest way to explore Italian culture
Adrian Moses
Good accounting on the mess that is Italian football! Concentrates a bit more on scandals than football.
Dec 11, 2010 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
My thoughts are near identical to those of ChrisHynd. It can be a very absorbing book once you finally get into it.
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