“”The Great Italian Football Scandal” or “Calcio: A History of Italian Football””

The Business of Sport – Seminar Series

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 28 February 2007 at 6pm
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“”The Great Italian Football Scandal” or “Calcio: A History of Italian Football””

Given by: Dr John Foot, Reader in Modern Italian History, Department of Italian, University College London & author of Calcio: A History of Italian Football


Drawing on Calcio, his best-selling book on the place of Italian football in the national life and psyche, Dr Foot presents an overview of the story of Italian football from its origins in the 1890s to the present day; through a history of great players and teams, of style, passion and success, but also of violence, cynicism, catenaccio tactics and corruption.

Calcio, (Italian football) is no longer just a game. It is sometimes difficult to define it as a sport. It is certainly big business and a fanatical civic religion. There is no moral code here. Winners are always right, losers always wrong. This history of Italian football – the first written in English – is a mix of serious analysis and comic storytelling, with vivid descriptions of games, goals, dives, missed penalties, riots and scandals in the richest and toughest league in the world.

Dr Foot focuses his analysis on the role of the referee and the most recent scandals in Italian football in the 2005/2006 season.


John Foot is an historian who has worked in a wide variety of areas relating to contemporary Italian history, above all the cultural history of the city of Milan . His previous published work includes Milan since the Miracle. City, Culture and Identity (2001) and Modern Italy (2003).


  • Foot, J. (2005). Calcio: A History of Italian Football. Fourth Estate.

Copies of Calcio will be available for purchase on the evening.

For further details contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Email: or Tel: 020-7631 6763

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