The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro

The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro

Book - 1999
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When Joe McGinniss sets out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro in the summer of 1996, he merely wants to spend a season with the village's soccer team, which only weeks before had, miraculously, reached the second-highest-ranking professional league in the land. But soon he Ends himself embroiled with an absurd yet irresistible cast of characters, including the team's owner, described by the New York Times as "straight out of a Mario Puzo novel, smoking huge cigars and trailed by bodyguards", and coach Osvaldo Jaconi, whose only English word is the one he uses to describe himself: "bulldozer".As the riotous, edge-of-your-seat season unfolds, so, too, does McGinniss's transformation into a true Italian soccer fan, complete with the irrational and blinding passions for which such fans are known. Moreover, his fervor for soccer intertwines and grows with his love for the courageous team, their village and its people, and their country. As McGinniss travels with the miracle teamon the season-long tour that takes him from the isolated mountain region where Castel di Sangro is located to such gritty towns as Foggia and Cosenza, as well as to obscure nooks of such grand cities as Genoa, Venice, and Verona, he introduces us to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described. The Miracle of Castel di Sangro is a spellbinding, true story of an Italy to savor.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316557368
0316557366
Branch Call Number: 796/.334/0945/McGi 3588mb 1
Characteristics: 407 p. : ill., map.

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Sep 09, 2002

The remarkable true story of a soccer team from a small isolated Italian city that finds itself playing in Italy''s second highest league. The story is about much more than soccer, as the town, it''s odd characters and menacing boss become almost as important as the games. Not just for soccer fans, but certainly a book any true soccer fan would love.

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