A Soccer Book Review of The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro by Joe McGinniss. Joe McGinniss travels to Italy after the 1994 World Cup to write about Alexi Lalas joining Serie A. He learns of a small village’s club’s rise to Italy’s Serie B that no one expected…including the ownership. Whether your interested in traveling off the beaten path in Europe or the beautiful game this book is perfect for you.


Paul Gadsby’s Review of The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro   –

“He read about something bizarre – miraculous even – that took place in Italy during the 1995-96 season. The team from the humble, rustic village of Castel Di Sangro had secured a highly unlikely promotion to Serie B, the country’s second division. A league normally the preserve of firmly established city-based teams or those clubs from large towns with financial (often industrial) backing, it was five divisions higher than Castel Di Sangro’s natural level. They were now punching above their weight to a degree that was as nearly comical as it was fascinating”


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A trailer for the book…How can you not read this after?


A look at the humble stadium of Castel Di Sangro

castel di sangro field

Video with some live looks at the team and their story (in Italian).

I like Joe McGinness was first impressed by Roberto Baggio and my heart broke when his legacy was tarnished by one of the worst PK’s I have ever seen.

Never forget that Roberto Baggio was NASTY!