Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer

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The 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France was a down-and-dirty game, marred by French superstar Zidane's head-butting of Italian defender Materazzi. But viewers 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 shows what makes Italian soccer so unique. Mixing serious analysis and comic storytelling, Foot describes its humble origins in northern Italy in the 1890s ...

Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer 2007, Nation Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781568583686

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