Miracle of castel di sangro

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The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy by Joe McGinniss

Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village.

When Joe McGinniss sets out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro one summer, he merely intends to spend a season with the villages soccer team, which only weeks before had, miraculously, reached the second-highest-ranking professional league in the land. But soon he finds himself embroiled with an absurd yet irresistible cast of characters, including the teams owner, described by the New York Times as straight out of a Mario Puzo novel, 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, McGinniss develops a deepening bond with the team, their village and its people, and their country. Traveling with the miracle team, from the isolated mountain region where Castel di Sangro is located to gritty towns as well as grand cities, McGinniss introduces us to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described, and comes away with a sad, funny, desolating, and inspiring story--everything, in fact, a story should be (Los Angeles Times).
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Start by marking “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy” as Want to Read: Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly.
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Thank you! This venture into the murky waters of Italian soccer begins as a radical departure for the best-selling journalist McGinnis The Last Brother, not reviewed, etc. He pursued his newfound love to one of the hotbeds of football to give it its proper name mania, Italy. There he stumbled across an enchanting true-to-life fairy tale, the story of a beleaguered minor-league team from Castel di Sangro, a tiny mountain town in the gut-wrenchingly poor Abruzzo region, a team that had managed to climb up the ladder of soccer success. McGinniss resolved to spend the entire season with the Castel di Sangro team to see if they would survive a year in Serie B representing the smallest municipality to ever send a team that high in Italian football. Gradually, readers will come to care for and admire these young men with the same intensity as the author. Too often, the author makes himself the center of his story; but he is too good a reporter not to convey some of what makes the sport and the people around it so compelling.

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Look Inside. Jun 06, ISBN Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team—and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village. Traveling with the miracle team, from the isolated mountain region where Castel di Sangro is located to gritty towns as well as grand cities, McGinniss introduces us to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described, and comes away with a "sad, funny, desolating, and inspiring story—everything, in fact, a story should be" Los Angeles Times. In , with the publication… More about Joe McGinniss. McGinniss went looking for a soccer team and found lives filled with humor and tragedy.

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The book was on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list for over 30 weeks and it made McGinniss famous. Subsequently, he returned the advance and he never did write that book. How did McGinniss change his writing course so dramatically? McGinniss fell head-over-heels in love with the game and at some stage, a little team in Italy called Castel di Sangro grabbed his attention. Astonishingly the town of just 5, and with a stadium holding 7, spectators made it to Serie B in , 43 years after joining the lowest level in Italian soccer. The emotional extremes are beautifully captured by McGinnis in the book.

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  1. The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy Paperback – June 6, Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable.

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