Any Given Sunday

Eight football stories
Titolo originale: Ogni maledetta domenica
Book published: gennaio 2009
Book pages: 281
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In Italy and abroad, football is much more than a sport: it is a whole culture in itself, a century-long tradition, a language, a collective dream; not to mention, more recently, a zillion-euro industry and (sadly, thanks to rioting fans) a growing threat to public security. This collection of personal essays and reportage by a group of excellent up-and-coming writers is an exploration of some lesser-known but fascinating regions of this world. You won’t find any reverent profiles of star players here, but you will learn the stories of a solitary talent-scout watching for new champions in suburban playing fields all around Europe; of a Serbian ex-player coaching the Iraqi national team; of a young hooligan and dj killed by the police; of an angry, black 20-year-old prodigy playing for Inter and the Italian national team but facing racist insults every week; of a Catholic seminary student who only breaks free from religious bigotry when he falls in love with a football team... This is a powerful and multifaceted portrait of football and the social, economical, and emotional forces that both shape it and revolve around it. 


The authors are Osvaldo Capraro, Carlo Carabba, Andrea Cisi, Vittorio Giacopini, Tommaso Giagni, Luca Mastrantonio, Francesco Pacifico, Stefano Scacchi.

The editor of the anthology, Alessandro Leogrande (1977) has published three books on the socio-economical situation of contemporary Italy; most recently, Uomini e caporali (Mondadori, 2008), a reportage on immigrant slave-workers in the rural South.

Press reviews

Matteo Nucci - Il Venerdì - La Repubblica

Ogni maledetta domenica
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Antonio D'Orrico - Sette - Corriere della Sera

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Igor Traboni - La Provincia

Da quando Baggio (e quelli come lui) non giocano più
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Massimo Grilli - Corriere dello Sport.it

Otto storie di calcio
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Giovanni Tarantino - Il Secolo d'Italia

Bravo Silvio, ma solo come rossonero
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Luca Mastrantonio - Il Riformista

Noi milanisti non possiamo più definirci berlusconiani
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Rossella Montemurro - Il Quotidiano della Basilicata

La febbre del calcio in otto mosse
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Francesco Musolino - Tempo Stretto

Lionel Messi è il simbolo del nuovo calcio
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Antonio Rapisarda - Fare Futuro Magazine

Quel giro di giostra, ogni maledetta domenica
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Gazzetta dello Sport.it

Otto maledette domeniche
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Alto Adige

Potete rinunciare al calcio?
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Trentino

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La Provincia di Cremona

Cisi scopre la curva della Cremo allo Zini
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Alberto Brambilla - TGcom

Calci, libri e copertine viola
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Luigi De Martino - Viveur

Il calcio distribuito in tanti piccole storie.
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Fabrizio Demontis - Real Soccer

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Jvan Sica - Letteratura Sportiva

Intervista ad Alessandro Leogrande
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Paolo Smoglica - Il Centro

Calcio, ogni maledetta domenica
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Igor Traboni - La Provincia

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