Jonathan Earle on The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro

Jonathan Earle talks about ‘The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro’ by Joe McGinniss. The extraordinary story of an Italian village team’s rise against seemingly impossible odds. “A gripping, engaging tale.”

The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro is a beautifully written page turner. It tells the most incredible story about how a tiny football club rose to Serie B; how ageing goalkeepers saved crucial penalties; how the team somehow maintained their status in the league and avoided relegation; and then there’s the president – more an Italian football man than you may believe at the start of the book.

The story makes you smile – the imagery, the understanding of the characters in the team. You end up a fan. The ending – and I won’t spoil it – disgusts the author, and the reader is also left disappointed by some of the events that have taken place. A brilliant book.

Jonathan Earle

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