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Forza Italia - The Fall and Rise of Italian Football (Paperback, New Ed) Loot Price: R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 You Save: R47 (21%)
Forza Italia - The Fall and Rise of Italian Football (Paperback, New Ed): Paddy Agnew
Forza Italia - The Fall and Rise of Italian Football (Paperback, New Ed): Paddy Agnew

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Forza Italia - The Fall and Rise of Italian Football (Paperback, New Ed)

Paddy Agnew

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When journalist Paddy Agnew and his girlfriend Dympna touched down in Rome in 1985 in search of adventure, sunshine and the soul of Italian football (well, Paddy was looking for that), they were travelling into the uncharted terrain of a country they did not know and a language they did not speak. It soon became clear that neither Italy nor Italian football would be boring. In that first week in Italy, Michel Platini and Juventus won the Intercontinental Cup, whilst just days later the PLO killed 13 people in a random shooting at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Paddy covered both stories. The coming years saw the rise of TV tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, as he became owner of AC Milan and then Prime Minister of Italy, naming his political party 'Forza Italia' after a football chant. In that same period, Argentine Diego Maradona became the uncrowned King of Naples, leading Napoli to a first ever Scudetto title in 1987, notwithstanding a hectic, Hollywood-esque lifestyle that mixed footballing genius with off-the-field excess. "Forza Italia" is a fascinating tale of inspired players, skilled coaches, rich tycoons, glitzy media coverage, Mafia corruption, allegations of drug taking and fan power - culminating in the 2006 World Cup victory that delighted a nation and a match-fixing scandal that shocked the world. It is also a personalised reflection on the consistent and continuing excellence of Italian football throughout a period of huge social, political and economic upheaval, offering a unique insight into a society where football has always been much more than just a game.

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Imprint: Ebury Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 2007
First published: September 2007
Authors: Paddy Agnew
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 352
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-09-190562-0
Barcode: 9780091905620
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LSN: 0-09-190562-1

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