Italian Football books: ‘All played out’ (Pete Davies)
For anyone who experienced Italia 90 and for those they wished they had. Pete Davies takes a look back at the tournament as he documents his experiences with a mixture of nostalgia and brutal realism. (The Gentleman Ultra)
Italia ‘90 - Gazza cried and football changed forever. Once you could ignore football, avoid the back pages, turn the telly over, leave the pub. Now that’s not possible because on 4 July 1990 in Turin’s Stadium Deli Apli Gazza cried, England lost and football changed forever. Pete Davies witnessed all of this first hand. The players, the hooligans, the agents, the journalists, the fans - the full cast of football’s rowdy circus. For nine month he had access to the England squad and their manager, Bobby Robson, talking to them freely about their hopes, their fears, their methods and their lives. So this is the real story, the unedited verdion. All Played Out - the first and last book to give the inside story of the greatest show on Earth. ‘Pete Davies is incapable of writing a dull sentence…one of the most outrageously entertaining books of the year’ (Daily Post.)
Whether you are English, Scottish, Welsh an Arsenal or a Roma fan, if you are a lover of Italian Football in this country you will cherish the memories that Paul Gascoigne gave you. These may not have been of the cheeky Geordie himself, but the fact that it was his influence that brought Serie A to our screens in the early 1990’s, is enough for us to owe him a massive thank you.
After captivating Italy in the 1990’s ‘Gazza’ was soon on his way to the Italian Capital. After signing for Lazio in 1992 he embarked on a career that was full of highs and lows. The lows came in the form of injuries keeping him out for long periods of time but when the highs came they could not get much better. In 1992 ‘Gazza’ scored the equaliser in the Rome derby with three minutes to go giving him an iconic status with the Lazio fans.
Gascoigne played 43 times for Lazio scoring 6 goals. When Calcio ruled the world, it is thanks to ‘Gazza’ that we were able to watch it.