The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures
Football lies at the heart of popular culture in both England and Italy. It is played, watched, written about and talked to death by millions virtually every day of the year. But how do the characteristics of England and Italy affect the game in these two footballing nations? Do the national stereotypes of Italians as passionate, stylish lotharios and the English as cold-hearted eccentrics still hold true when they kick a ball around?
In The Italian Job, for the first time, a footballer of the first rank, Gianluca Vialli, in conjunction with sportswriter and broadcaster Gabriele Marcotti, tackles this debate head on. Uniquely positioned across both the English and the Italian games, they provide a fascinating and highly controversial commentary on where football is now and where it's headed. And they have invited some of the biggest names in the sport to join in their discussion. Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Sven Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi, amongst others, add their not inconsiderable weight to the highest-profile symposium on football ever convened.
Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti explore every aspect of football, be it tactical and technical or cultural and sociological. Stuffed full of controversial opinions and gripping revelations, The Italian Job takes you on a journey to the very heart of two of the world's great footballing cultures.
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Review: The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing CulturesUser Review - Jenna - Goodreads
Vialli covers a lot of bases, but I have a problem with his soapbox rants. As a reader, I fully understand that the Beautiful Game has lost a bit of lustre, and is now quite imperfect, but what does ... Read full review
Review: The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing CulturesUser Review - Martha - Goodreads
Not necessarily earth-shaking stuff, but an interesting, frank exploration of Italian and English football, from someone who knows both intimately. Often fascinating, and likely to interest exactly zero of my goodreads friends. (You people! You don't know what you're missing!) Read full review