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A Season With Verona

A Season With Verona

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His record with Verona, promotion to Serie A in 1996, and dramatic salvation in 2001 ensure his place in the history books, but he never fully enjoyed the affection of the Curva. This is a highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people and its national sport. The acclaimed author follows the Italian soccer club Verona for a season as they struggle to retain their status in Serie A during the 2000/01 season, revealing much about the country's life, culture and football. They dropped four points out of a possible 45 before the winter World Cup and although they lost their first game back after it ended, against Inter, followed that up with another eight straight wins. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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Arvedi died in March 2009, two months after the club was bought by new chairman Giovanni Martinelli. Like many stadiums in Italy, the Bentegodi is owned by the city and leased to Verona (and Chievo) for their home matches. After scoring five goals in 39 appearances at Verona, he went on to become one of Serie A’s most prolific ever goal scorers, playing for Parma, Milan and Fiorentina, and picking up a World Cup winners medal along the way.Sarri’s success at Lazio should not be underestimated, and Palladino’s immediate impact at Monza has marked him out as one to watch. In one of many thoughtful passages, Parks offers a tantalising insight into the more mundane side of life for a modern Italian footballer, as he prepares to meet them ahead of a big away game. They could have scored six before half-time but made up for it by putting that number past Ajax in Amsterdam instead.

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In the following season, won again by Juventus, the choice of the referees went back in the hands of the designatori arbitrali. Verona, however, disappointed a crowd of over 25,000 fans [6] and, with the loss, dropped to third place and headed towards the play-offs.Sure, all three Italian teams failing to win their European finals was rough but spare a thought for the Esposito brothers. Although a chunky 447-page-book, A Season with Verona makes for effortless reading, thanks to Park’s engaging style of writing. In 1973–74, Hellas finished the season in fourth-last, just narrowly avoiding relegation, but were nonetheless sent down to Serie B during the summer months as a result of a scandal involving team president Saverio Garonzi. and when he finds himself sitting next to Perotti on a flight, is somewhat deflated when the taciturn coach reads a Ken Follett book for the duration of the journey. The truth is probably less exotic: these clubs have better players, and are therefore entitled to win more, though it is true that they also have "bigger" presidents who have more political clout.

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