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The Italian Job

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  260 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Football lies at the heart of popular culture in both England and Italy. It is played, watched, written about and talked to death by millions virtually every day of the year. But how do the characteristics of England and Italy affect the game in these two footballing nations? Do the national stereotypes of Italians as passionate, stylish lotharios and the English as cold-h ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Bantam Press (first published 2006)
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David Mumford
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read for those that are into the beautiful game. An insightful account into the differences that make the English game and Italian calcio different from each other.
Allen
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting but there are better soccer books out there
Monthly Book Group
Vialli comes from an affluent and educated Italian background. As Vialli noted, such a background was almost unheard of amongst English footballers. That footballers came exclusively from the working classes in England had important implications – such as the reluctance amongst English teams to consider tactics seriously, and their approach to training.

His whole approach was refreshing, for example in his empirical approach to issues. Rather than simply discuss the impact of climate on English v
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TinHouseBooks
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heather Hartley (Paris Editor, Tin House Magazine): For inimitable prose style, Proust and Nabokov (among lots of others) come to mind, and as far as soccer style goes, Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti’s The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures is pretty terrific. Vialli, former striker for superstar teams Juventus and Chelsea and previous manager-player for the latter, writes about Italian and English soccer with wit, depth and a sharp eye as to how these t ...more
Greg
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors are referencing the 2006 "Calciopoli," the match fixing scandal, in Serie A but nonetheless this is something: "Do you know the story of the frog and the pot of water? If you took a live frog and put it in a pot of boiling water it would immediately try to jump out and get away. . . . But if you took the same live frog and put it in a pot of cold water it would just sit quietly, contented and happy. And it would continue sitting there, even as you turned on the gas and gradually turn ...more
Rain
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we have a a very informative look at the differences and similarities of English and Italian football. Covers a range of topics from grass roots football, players, managers, fans etc. Very in depth and interesting and anyone interested in football should give this a read.

It resonates a lot with me about my own culture and it's faults, whilst recognising those on the continent. Vialli gives his personal view along side each topic, which you may or may not like, but it's interesting to hear
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Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قرأت هذا الكتاب قبل سنة وببساطة كان افضل كتاب كروي مر علي

كل فصل وكل نقطة نقاش طرحها كانت مثيرة وجديدة,الرغبة دائما عند شراء كتاب عن الكرة ان تكسب معلومات غير مبتذلة وتحاول فهم هذه اللعبة المجنونة بشكل أعمق,نظرة من خلف الستار الحديدي المحيط بالأندية,محاولة لفهم مسيرة وتطور أطراف اللعبة من الجذور إلى قمم المجد والتألق,تشعر عند قراءة هذا الكتاب بالمجهود الكبير المبذول من المؤلفين ( فيالي لاعب ايطالي شهير وماركوتي صحفي رياضي له مؤلفات ومقالات في مواقع مختلفة )

للحديث عن محتوى الكتاب,الكتاب يناقش بشكل
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Jenna
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vialli covers a lot of bases, but I have a problem with his soapbox rants. As a reader, I fully understand that the Beautiful Game has lost a bit of lustre, and is now quite imperfect, but what does that have to do with the differences in Italian football and English football? That's stuff for another book.
Manda
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
This was even more enjoyable than I expected; Vialli's position as an insider of the game in both Italy and England provided a unique and interesting perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of football in both countries.
Martha
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not necessarily earth-shaking stuff, but an interesting, frank exploration of Italian and English football, from someone who knows both intimately. Often fascinating, and likely to interest exactly zero of my goodreads friends. (You people! You don't know what you're missing!)
Anton Dutev
A must read for everybody who loves the game.
Simon
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was all about soccer and was written by an ex player and it shows. The material was good, but it missed on the presentation.
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