Winning at All Costs A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer
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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 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.
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Publication date: 8/24/2007
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Photos and Illustrations|
|Calcio and Football. Origins and Early History: 1880-1929|
|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|
|Managers, Tactics, Fixers|
|Fans, Supporters, Ultra|
|Murder, Massacre, Normality: Calcio and Violence since 1945|
|Power and Politics|
|Italia - La Nazionale. The National Team|
|Conclusion - Money, Money, Money|
|Afterword: The Great Italian Football Scandal and the World Cup Triumph May-July 2006|