Roberto Mancini: A Footballing LIfe: The Full Story

Roberto Mancini: A Footballing LIfe: The Full Story

by Luca Caioli


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From the author of the best-selling Messi and Ronaldo , a revealing biography of the premiership-winning manager. When Roberto Mancini was appointed to Manchester City in late 2009, he came from his native Italy with an almost peerless cup-winning pedigree at both Lazio and Inter Milan. In his first full season at City, Mancini guided the club to Champions League soccer and the FA Cup, shaping the squad into one of the most successful teams in the Premier League. Luca Caioli gives Mancini's inside story—from his days as an international player to his emergence as a charismatic, if controversial, leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906850517
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Luca Caioli is a the author of bestselling Icon Books titles Messi , Torres and Ronaldo. He is a renowned Italian sports journalist who crafted his reputation at L'Unita, Il Manifesto, La Repubblica, La Gazzetta dello Sporti and Rai 3 in Italy, ITV in Britain, and as chief editor of Euronews TV in France. He settled in Spain five years ago where he is correspondent for SKY Italia and writes for Il Corriere della Sera.

Table of Contents

'In the Blue, Painted Blue' 1

You can praise God with a football, too 5

Passing the ball Aldo Mancini 12

Wrong address 18

Football intelligence Marino Perani 22

The Boy 28

The best years Marco Macina 34

1981 39

I'll play him Tarcisio Burgnich 44

Enfant prodige Franco Colomba 50

Mister Five Billion 54

'You will be Sampdoria's standard-bearer' Paolo Bórea 59

Genoa for us 67

When I was 19 I was just the same Graeme Souness 77

Azzurro pallido 83

A tought nut Azeglio Vicini 93

Unfinished beauty 98

'First, you win the scudetto, then you can leave' Pietro Vierchowod 107

The Snow White Club 113

We complemented each other Gianluca Vialli 120

The thing 129

He gave it all for that jersey Marco Lanna 139

A wasted chance 144

As good as gold Fausto Pari 154

The long goodbye 160

He needed to be loved Moreno Mannini 174

Rome, a beautiful end 180

Football is his life Sven-Göran Eriksson 195

The Ledge 200

A season of living dangerously 207

Number one Enrico Chiesa 218

Challenges 223

Run, and never stop Andrea Mancini 229

The dawn of a new era 235

Great charisma Javier Zanetti 246

To win and to amaze 251

He was born a manager Sergio Giosuè Viganò 264

And then the sheikh called 270

A masterpiece Pietro Massimo Battara 280

Just the beginning 285

'Bobby Goal' Attilio Lombardo 290

Noisy neighbours 295

Stepping up in class Roberto Martínez 304

94 minutes, an entire lifetime 309

A winning frame of mind Pablo Zabaleta 314

Absolutely amazing 319

I like winning Roberto Mancini 324

Bibliography 333

Acknowledgements 337

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