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AdvantagesInteresting story, well written

DisadvantagesA litle too much detail of football rules

"The first thing to say is that 'The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro' is not a book about football. It is a book about how the people of a small town rediscover their sense of community when they become united behind the success of their football team. The football is merely a backdrop for the events that unfold and it is merely a device to contrast the differences that exist between the have and have not in real life just as much as it does in football. The ..." Read review

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Believing In The Miracle ...

AdvantagesFascinating look at the culture wrapped around Italian football, refreshing perspective

DisadvantagesAuthor can be incredibly arrogant, ignorant and irritating at times

"......) are hardly a rarity. The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, however, stands out for two reasons; firstly, it is written by an American, a nationality not traditionally known for their love of the game - and even less so back in 1996, when this was created. Secondly, it revolves around an unlikely marriage between the aforementioned and a team few outside of Italy would have heard of before the publication of this book. Castel di Sangro lies in ..." Read review

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Community Level 6Chris_Padden


The Football Miracle

AdvantagesGreat writing style and never a dull moment with new action all the way

DisadvantagesSad ending, pity it had to end in the way it did

"...becomes obsessed with ‘soccer’ during the world cup that was held in the US in 1994. After being enthralled by the Italian team, in particular Roberto Baggio, he goes off to Italy to watch ‘a miracle’ as a small local town side have gotten through to the Serie B, the equivalent of Tiverton getting into the English division one. He goes off to sample the thrills and spill of a season with a football team with a difference and ..." Read review

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Community Level 5JVL


Everything you ever suspected about Italian football...

AdvantagesA good idea turned into a great story, this is a gripping read, all the more so because it is real

DisadvantagesMcGinnis' style can be grating early on, and the ending is actuall quite depressing

"...review of this book in the football magazine 'When Saturday Comes', I thought I knew what I was in for: American author, famous for political comment, gets bitten by the football bug during World Cup 94 in the USA and then decides to travel out to a small town in southern Italy to sample the atmosphere and the magic of a small-town club unexpectedly making it to the big time of Serie B. Up to that point, everything was as expected - McGinnis' difficulties ..." Read review

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Community Level 1alexjtear


The Religion That Is Football

AdvantagesExcellent insight into football in italy

DisadvantagesAmerican Writer

"...not just for football lovers. The writer Joe McGinniss spends the entire 1996/97 season in the small hamlet of Castel Di Sangro. The author gets so close to the team though that the book is about far more than football. Lies, deception, scandal and tragedy all come to the fore whilst the footballing miracle unfolds. The characters in the football team are well protrayed by the writer and you become part of the Castel Di Sangro fight for survival The ..." Read review

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