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Winning at all costs : a scandalous history of Italian soccer

Winning at all costs : a scandalous history of Italian soccer

Author: John Foot
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Foot, John, 1964-
Winning at all costs.
New York : Nation Books, ©2007
(DLC) 2009293629
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Foot
ISBN: 9781568586526 1568586523
OCLC Number: 608609088
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 594 pages) : illustrations, map
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Table of Figures; Title Page; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Author's Note; PREFACE; CHAPTER 1 --
Calcio and Football. Origins and Early History: 1880-1929; The first kicks; Pioneers; James Richardson Spensley; The first championship; Paleo-calcio. Rules, Managers, Foreigners, Sundays; Spensley and the Reign of Genoa, 1898-1904; The big teams are born. Juventus, Milan, Internazionale, Torino; L'ltalia. The National Team and the Reading Tour; Calcio and World War One; Running the Game. The Italian Football Federations. Splits and Reunions; Violence and Fans. The early years. Revolution. Viareggio's 'red days' of 1920Early Games. Ropes, Nets and Fields; Amateurs and Professionals; The first manager. The odyssey of William Garbutt; Fans and History; From Lions to bankruptcy. The rise and fall of Pro Vercelli; The First Scandal. The Rosetta Case; Fascism and Football; The first 'theft'. Bologna, Genoa and the 1925 playoff final; The referees' strike of 1925 and the first 'suspicions'; The Viareggio Charter. Calcio's constitution; The inauguration which changed Italy; Calcio and Italian capitalism; From calcio to football. A mass sport is born. CHAPTER 2 --
The RefereeHunt the Ref! Akkiappa L'Arbitro!; Referees as a 'virtuous minority'; Rules, Laws and the Italian Referee; Corruption, Suspicion, Legitimation; 'Psychological slavery'. Big and small clubs; Choosing Referees. 'Designators', Draws, Secrets; Watchgate; Bribing Referees. Cheques and more watches; At the sharp end. Violence against referees; The Prince of Referees. Concetto Lo Bello; Trial by Slow-Motion. Italian Referees and the Moviola; The Great Robberies. Penalties, Disallowed Goals, Sendings-off; Fair Play? Luciano Gaucci and Jay Bothroyd, Perugia 2004. Breaking the Mould? Pierluigi CollinaCHAPTER 3 --
Teams and Cities: Turin; The Old Lady. Juventus; Calamity. Superga. 4 May 1949; Superga. Football tragedy as a shrine, or as a tourist attraction? 1949-2004; The Myth; The Filadelfia Story. From Fortress to Ruin; The Filadelfia Story. Reconstruction, Promises, Ruins; CHAPTER 4 --
Teams and Cities: Milan, Rome, Genoa, Florence, Naples; Milan. Moral Capital and Football Capital; Internazionale; Great Inter (Grande Inter); Not so Great Inter. You Never win! The psychodrama of the Interisti since 1989; Milan. From humiliation to domination. Rome. Occasional football capitalGenoa. On the Margins; The Provinces. Bologna, Cagliari, Verona; Naples. The Longest Wait; The King. Maradona and Napoli. 1984-1991; Napoli's success and DAMM; The Party. 1987; Drugs, scandals and the end of the Maradona fable; After Maradona. The long decline of Napoli; Disintegration; CHAPTER 5 --
At the Back. Defenders and Defensive Football in Italy; The Defensive Mentality; Catenaccio. Football, Italian style; Real catenaccio. From Switzerland to Italy; Real catenaccio in Italy. Cipo Viani and beyond; Sweepers Old and New. The Great Inter and beyond.
Other Titles: Calcio
Responsibility: John Foot.


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