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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old February 13th, 2007, 15:50 Thread Starter
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Calcio - A History of Italian Football

Has anyone read this one yet? A whopping 500 pages thick, but I'm not complaining. I'm only into the second chapter and am already hooked. John Foot is an extraordinary writer.

http://www.amazon.com/Calcio-John-Fo...e=UTF8&s=books

I was previously deciding between buying this and Paddy Agnew's "Forza Italia: A Journey in Search of Italy and its Football" but it didn't get good reviews in Amazon and I've always thought that Paddy is a much better commentator than he is a writer.

Has anyone read Calcio yet? What did you think of it?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old February 13th, 2007, 23:42
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Has anyone read Calcio yet? What did you think of it?
I don't have to read it to know many of those pages could easily be called: Fulbo

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John Foot invented football. They named it after him.

Although one wonders if the sport would have been as successful if they went with the original name, johnball.

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Although one wonders if the sport would have been as successful if they went with the original name, johnball.
Names doesn't mean that much, think of crocket and festivus, one the main sport on earth, the second the greatest festivity...is substance over style, and allways will be.

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I'm about a quarter of the way through this book - great read so far.

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Anyone notice that when this book was published in North America, they changed the title to Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer. Talk about sensationalism!

Granted the original edition was released before Calciopoli, Matrixpoli, etc.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old February 3rd, 2008, 09:27
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Great read, though my edition was before the Calciopoli (has a drawing of a Juve player worshipping Maradona and giving the scudetto shield with Mt. Vesuvius in the background). Can't believe the level of enmity between ultras, e.g. some tasteless references of Superga and Heysel (insults used by Toro vs Juve fans).

Funny story, I didn't know that there's a book like this until Australia got knocked out by Italy. Suddenly the books were put at the front shelves in my local Borders Of course when I brought it to the cashier, I have to say "Too bad, Australia was so close."

Nice quote from the book "In Italy, we have never heard of fair play."
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old February 3rd, 2008, 09:36
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Good read, especially the anecdotes. For once, an English writer who isn't biased and xenophobic. I've read it about 5 times.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old February 5th, 2008, 02:47
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Granted it's a year old by now, but the Amazon link in the opening post has the book at almost $700? What. The. F uck?
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I got it for Rs 550, about $16

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I read; it sucks ass.
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It must suck ass to spend $700 for a book only to discover it sucks ass.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old March 20th, 2008, 18:48
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It must suck ass to spend $700 for a book only to discover it sucks ass.
Found it for less than €15 .
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The Italian Job by Vialli and Marcotti is a good calcio-related read. A comparison of sorts between the English and Italian game.
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