The Italian Job by Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti
Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 23 March 2013

The Italian Job

Author: Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi

In 'The Italian Job' ex-footballing star Gianluca Vialli recounts his experience as a player, coach and media personality in the world of professional footballer. Having spent two halves of his career in Italy (his homeland) and England (his adopted home) he has a unique perspective and understanding on both. The book is a different take on an autobiography as unlike the tabloid tell all style which so many go for, we learn about Vialli, not through his personal life, but purely through football.

Vialli (along with Marcotti) give a witty, to the point and fast paced book which is very well researched. Calling on his first hand experience in both Italian and English football and including insights from many of the top managers, players and administrators, Vialli gives an unbiased comparison between the Italian and English style. Covering a whole range of issues, the book is a very in depth and insightful analysis of every facet of the game. Ranging from the physical and mental attributes of players, to the external forces of environment, media, supporters and management. Vialli leaves no stone unturned as he gives his assessment on the state of the game.

The Italian Job is a must read for any fan of the English Premier League or Italy's Serie A. Probably the most thoughtful book written on football with equal parts brain and heart.