/ Includes PS Section The first history of Italian football to be written in English, 'Calcio' is a mix of serious analysis and comic storytelling, with vivid descriptions of games, goals, dives, missed penalties, riots and scandals in the richest and toughest league in the world. / A fantastic, in-depth history of Italian football from the 1890's to the present day. / Combines stories from on and off the field with vivid descriptions of goals, dives and missed penalties alongside tales of corruption, scandal and tragedy. / Contains full updated details of the Serie A match-fixing scandal, as well as a description of Italy's triumphant 2006 World Cup campaign. / Interest in the Italian league continues to rise with Italy's brilliant 2006 World Cup success, and more Italian teams than ever regularly playing on British television.
John Foot is Reader in Modern Italian History in the Italian Department, University College London. His previous books include 'Milan since the Miracle: City, Culture and Identity' and 'Modern Italy'. He writes for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London and Milan.
'"Calcio: A History of Italian Football" reveals more about the national character than any dry study of politics or economics ever could. This is a hefty work but there is so much going on that the pace never slackens. Foot is a meticulous and knowledgeable guide to his complex subject and leaves the reader wanting to investigate further.' Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph 'John Foot is head over heels in love with calcio, and his detailed, thematically structured account of its past and present is overwhelming evidence of that.' Independent, Sport Section Book of the Week 'An excellent chapter on British failures in Serie A but it's the many scandals that one keeps coming back to.' Observer Sport Monthly 'Foot's exemplary history shows how football and Italian society are inextricably intertwined, and is full of fascinating vignettes.' Sunday Times 'Highly readable! "Calcio" has set an impressive benchmark for football histories in general.' Sean O'Connor, Soccerpile.com 'Like a match-winning penalty taken in extra time, this is a book not to be missed.' Oldie 'Foot mixes serious analysis and comic storytelling to bring to life tales of paranoia and intrigue!' Scotland on Sunday '"Calcio" is an impressive addition: a comprehensive history of Italy's national obsession!' Sunday Business Post