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Pierluigi Collina: The Rules of the Game

I just finished reading this.. good insight into the world of Italian referees, but not in depth enough I feel. Still, an interesting read.

Does anyone know of any calcio related books in English I could get my hands on? I only know of a couple:-

- A Season with Verona
- The Miracle of Castel di Sangro
- The Day Italian Football Died (the Torino tragedy)

I'd love to read more of such related books if only someone can point me towards the right direction..
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old March 20th, 2005, 14:20
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The Dark Heart of Italy (by Tobias Jones) is quite good. There are also some witty short stories by Umberto Eco, but I don't remember their exact names.
Mardona's autobiography (El Diego) is a good read, too.
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The Dark Heart of Italy...
The title is promising, however pretentious. I'll be looking for the book.

Collina on the other hand is just a bocce-ball head who should stick to accounting
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That's that book by Tim Parks (?) isn't it. I read parts of it that were published in a paper here, and liked those. I looked for the book, but haven't found it until now
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That's that book by Tim Parks (?) isn't it. I read parts of it that were published in a paper here, and liked those. I looked for the book, but haven't found it until now
You could always order a second-hand copy off Amazon.com.. there are loads of them in there.

I've heard a lot of good stories about this book so I'll definitely be getting it soon.
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There's Nick Hornby's FEVER PITCH.

My favourite is Eduardo Galeano's SOCCER IN SUN AND SHADOW which includes Italy during WW2.

For me, football is irrationality, tribal, passionate... - Almogŕver
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Fever Pitch had me giggling all the way through and I was in Italy when reading, so it's brings two of the discussed topics together!

Other football books I read have been on Villa - the best being The Completely History of Aston Villa, although it's now an old edition and stops at 1990 or so.

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so what will it have missed out in the last 15 years then Tal?

Im quite sure they could have fit it on the spine of the book..
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My favourite is Eduardo Galeano's SOCCER IN SUN AND SHADOW which includes Italy during WW2.
Sounds interesting...would you kindly give us a synopsys?

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so what will it have missed out in the last 15 years then Tal?

Im quite sure they could have fit it on the spine of the book..
Yeah, I know

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Sounds interesting...would you kindly give us a synopsys?

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Taken from a review on Amazon.com:-

"The passion and the glory of the beautiful game, captured on the eve of the World Cup. From the origins of soccer to the World Cup played in the US in 1994, one of Latin America's most fluent and widely read commentators captures the enduring appeal of the world's greatest game. Eduardo Galeano seeks out the mystical and the bewitched, the romance and the emotional destitution experienced by players and fans the world round. Here is a story of love and death: of the suicide of Abdon Porte, who shot himself in the center circle of the National Stadium; of the Argentine manager who wouldn't let his team eat chicken because it would bring bad luck; of the Russian goalkeeper who prepared his min and soothed his nerves with a cigarette and a dash of vodka before each game. Published in the run-up to the 1998 World Cup, this is the glory of soccer in all its international hues, with its multilingual cries of despair, victory and passion. No one who has ever played in or cheered on a soccer side will want to miss this book."
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Regarding SOCCER IN SUN AND SHADOW.

Additional innformation for current English edison: ISBN: 1 85984 423 5

I've read this in both Spanish (original) and English versions. Galeano's writing style suits my taste, it's just a highly personal issue. That is all.

For me, football is irrationality, tribal, passionate... - Almogŕver
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Mick Quinns book is a good read
Gazzas book is also a good read but youve already read the stories in the paper
John McEnroes book is also a good read
Frankie Detorris is an excellent read
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