The Miracle of Castel di Sangro
A Real Life Footballing Fairy Tale
Paperback, 416pp, 16pp b&w illustrations.
American journalist, Joe McGinnis spends the 1996-97 season in the Italian boondocks with impoverished small town club Castel di Sangro, who by a 'miracle' have risen to the heady heights of Serie B.
More than a fly-on-the-wall account of proceedings on the pitch, McGinnis, like him or loathe him, paints a tragi-comic picture of provincial life that tourists never see. Tension mounts as the team face the drop back to obscurity while McGinnis draws the reader deeper into the unfolding events, which climax in a sudden, unexpected and disturbing finale. A classic footballing story with a human touch.
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