Through 1996 and 1997 bestselling author Joe McGinniss followed the Italian football season from Castel di Sangro, a small town nestled in the Abruzzi region of Italy The motley crew that comprised the di Sangro soccer team in the early 90s masked an unparalleled prowess for playing soccer This is the story of a team and a town with no aspirations, just a passion for the game, and how that passion allowed this team to rise to the top of the professional Italian soccer league With the lust for life of Robert Crichton s THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA and the sporting dreams of modern movie classic FIELDS OF DREAMS, THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO is an ebullient story of how a two hour game transformed a dot on the map into a place of magic, miracles and wonder....
|Title||:||The Miracle Of Castel Di Sangro|
|Publisher||:||Sphere Auflage UK ed 3 August 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||416 Seiten|
|File Size||:||761 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Miracle Of Castel Di Sangro Reviews
Sehr schönes Buch eines Fußballneulings aus den Staaten
As a literary method, it has been done several times - pick a club, follow it through the season - but never with such intensity (the author swallows valiums before a crucial match!) and luck as Joe McGinnis. It is a great story, a good read, a fine portrait of a country and its passion - and it may even be dragged into court, according to recent rumours from Italy.The author's luck was that incredible things actually happened during the season. It could very easily have been a depressing and eventless drag towards relegation, which would not have saved McGinnis whatever his strengths as an author.The book does stretch the reader's capacity for belief. Were the coach and the manager really that incredibly stupid? Were all the players really that nice? But, in the end, this does not matter: McGinnis has succumbed to the madness of calcio, where rational thoughts and actions are often beside the point. The mad dream IS the story, and it sets the stage for the controversial ending."Miracle" is close to 5 stars, imho, but the double usage of Italian and English in dialogue all through the book becomes irritating, and the suspicion that McGinnis has cut some corners lingers on.
Like previous posters, I found myself engaged by the moving, funny and emotional story that McG tells. I found, however, McG's self-righteousness to be unbearable and a distraction to the great story that he tells. His "suggestions" to the alenatore were unbelievable given that he studied the sport for less than four years, and his inclusion of his told-you-so opinions made his book much, much worse than it could have been.I also think it's amusing that Joe references a Lazio farm player as a "romanista," which means a fan of Roma, instead of a "romano," resident of Roma. That may sound too nit-picky, but Joe clearly acts as if he knows the game well -- and nobody who is a serious Serie A fan would ever make that mistake.Still, criticisms aside, the story was AMAZING. It's worth reading because of Joe's access to players and an incredible town. If only he had shown a little less hubris . . .
A fantastic read. A must for anyone interested in people, football or insights into foreign culture. A book that combined all my favourite reading topics; Travel, culture clashes, football, human interest and a ripping story of highs and lows too. What amazed me is that it was written by an American, who managed to capture the passion, but also got caught up in, the fanaticism shared by people throughout the world (outside N America). Right up there with "Fever Pitch" and "The Glory Game". I truly felt that I had known the players through Joe.However, Joe McGuiness's late conversion to football and his 'expert' opinions were slightly irritating to those who have kept the faith all their lives. Someone like Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch) has earned the right to criticise tactics and team selection. For Europeans the explanation of the games mechanics were irritating. Do I need a penalty shoot out explained to me from the back of a Joe's bandwaggon?The management deserved his scorn, but I felt deeply disappointed that he never made his peace with the players before leaving. He was insensitive to their careers and lives. It left me with the feeling of an ungrateful guest who was invited to a special family occasion, brought nothing, drank the wine, abused the host and left pausing only to be sick on the lawn. Still, it was a very enjoyable party.
McGinnis writes in such a way to draw the reader right into the story. You feel every emotion he felt. In looking at il calcio from the Serie B in Italy, he goes beyond just the aspect of the team and their coach, and gets involved, perhaps too involved, with the story behind the story. McGinniss falls in love with the village, the people, and the players. He struggles with the manager and the president. And then of course there is the godfather like figure of Signor Rezza. There is quite a bit of profanity, and adult situations in the book that some readers might want to be made aware of for kids. This is very much a book that involves more than just a game, it involves all types of worldly vices, hopes, dreams, and nightmares. While the salvezza might seem like wonderful desert, it will leave one with heartburn.
By virtue of the daring undertaking he made in pursuing this story, we would certainly have assumed the author to be an dynamic, culturally sensitive and intelligent man... had he not gone to such trouble to suggest the opposite in many of the recorded episodes. The moral indictments of others and the apparent need to make himself a significant part of the story really stole the magic out of the story for me. McGuinness is great at describing events and people - for the short time he spent there, he did well in capturing the character of the town and it's people. But in his judgement of the players and citizens of Castel he naively assumes a position of self-righteous objectivity that is embarrassingly shallow. By the way, I just saw that Jaconi has led another C team into Serie B (somehow without Joe's help)......