The 2006 World Cup in Germany was one of the greatest sporting spectacles ever, in which Italy put forth a remarkable effort worthy of the planet's most magnificent tournament. The Italian resolve never faltered in spite of countless obstacles-domestic corruption, gambling accusations, media scrutiny, personnel injury, player suspension, and even the near death of a teammate. Forza Italia provides detailed accounts of Italy's seven matches, while recounting the ways that the World Cup dramatically affects the life of the author-a television and radio announcer for D.C. United. Passionate soccer fans will relate to the emotional roller coaster that is so common around the globe during those remarkable four weeks of the World Cup. Italians, soccer fans, sports fans at large, and anyone who loves compelling stories accentuating the values of teamwork and determination will find something to treasure in this excellent book.