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IN SEARCH OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Advantages: Interesting story, well written
Disadvantages: A 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 foo ...

Mauri 23.05.2006 · Read full review
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Believing In The Miracle ...

Advantages: Fascinating look at the culture wrapped around Italian football, refreshing perspective
Disadvantages: Author can be incredibly arrogant, ignorant and irritating at times

...Books about football (soccer, whatever ...) 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 ...

Puggers 08.09.2005 · Read full review
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The Football Miracle

Advantages: Great writing style and never a dull moment with new action all the way
Disadvantages: Sad ending, pity it had to end in the way it did

...‘The Miracle of Castle di Sangro’ is basically a diary of a football mad America, who 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 Ro ...

Chris_Padden 29.08.2001 · Read full review
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Everything you ever suspected about Italian football...

Advantages: A good idea turned into a great story, this is a gripping read, all the more so because it is real
Disadvantages: McGinnis' style can be grating early on, and the ending is actuall quite depressing

...Having read a 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 ...

JVL 18.09.2000 · Read full review
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The Religion That Is Football

Advantages: Excellent insight into football in italy
Disadvantages: American Writer

...This book is 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, scand ...

alexjtear 04.08.2007 · Read full review
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