Episode 1523: “I’ll Tell You Who Wrote It” Second Captains Book Club – Conor O’Shea On The Miracle Of Castel Di Sangro
It’s Episode 4 of our “I’ll Tell You Who Wrote It” Second Captains Book Club, and we have former Ireland rugby star, and current Italian national team head coach Conor O’Shea on hand to review Joe McGinniss’ mid-90s classic “The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro”.
The parallels are obvious – like McGinniss, O’Shea has had a crash course in Italian life: how they approach sport, the labyrinthine cultural differences, the food, football as religion, and the appreciation of power that runs through all of the country.
The book itself is a year in the life of the smallest club ever to make it all the way to Serie B – a division described in the book as a place where “the most cynical, gruelling, stressful, tasteless, destructive, gloomy, dull, calculating, close-minded, foul and tragicomic interpretations of football reign supreme”.
Within its pages are international drug rings, orgies, organised crime and fake footballers. It’s an outrageous, hugely entertaining read, and we’re delighted Conor O’Shea took the time to review it for us.
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