Winning at All Costs A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer

ISBN-10: 1568583680
ISBN-13: 9781568583686
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Foot
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Description: Last year three billion people--including 20 million in the United States--watched Italy's extraordinary victory over France in the World Cup final. It was a down-and-dirty game, marred by French superstar Zidane's head-butting of Italian defender  More...

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List price: $21.99
Publisher: Nation Books
Publication date: 8/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Last year three billion people--including 20 million in the United States--watched Italy's extraordinary victory over France in the World Cup final. It was a down-and-dirty game, marred by French superstar Zidane's head-butting of Italian defender Materazzi. But millions 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 show 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, in a country driven by regional rivalries, 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.

Acknowledgements
List of Photos and Illustrations
Preface
Calcio and Football. Origins and Early History: 1880-1929
The Referee
Teams and Cities: Turin
Teams and Cities: Milan, Rome, Genoa, Florence, Naples
At the Back. Defenders and Defensive Football in Italy
Players. Directors and Fantasisti
Goalscorers
Managers, Tactics, Fixers
Scandals
The Media
Fans, Supporters, Ultra
Murder, Massacre, Normality: Calcio and Violence since 1945
Power and Politics
Foreigners
Italia - La Nazionale. The National Team
Conclusion - Money, Money, Money
Afterword: The Great Italian Football Scandal and the World Cup Triumph May-July 2006
Notes
Glossary
Appendix
Picture Credits
Index

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