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World In Motion: The Inside Story of Italia '90, The Tournament That Changed Football

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    "The book is full of countless nuggets." - buzz.ie

    "Hart's biography of this pivotal tournament is both gripping and articulate. It takes the reader on a journey through each team's experience of Italia '90, as told by the people who were there. Make sure World in Motion is on your reading list this summer."  - Gentleman Ultra

    "The result is an absolutely gripping and brilliantly articulated journey through each team's experience of Italia '90. It's the definitive biography of the tournament."  - Outside Write

    "Many of the anecdotes are illuminating and entertaining and that is where the book's heart actually lies." - The Football Book Reviews

    "It's an eye-opener to be reminded of how very different things were. It feels like yesterday, but it feels like another universe as well. This book does a glorious job of taking us back there, and I enjoyed every page of it." - Pete Davies, Author of All Played Out


    ISBN: 9781909245785 Hardback Pages: 384 Size: 234mmx153mm Publication: 10th May 2018

    Italia '90 was, in a sense, the first and the last World Cup. It was also the best and worst World Cup. It was football at a junction. It was the World Cup of Gazza’s tears and Nessun Dorma, a grand spectacle of colour and drama that made football suddenly fashionable again — at least among the wider English public (and salivating television executives). Yet it was also a World Cup low on goals and high on fouls which led to the re-writing of football’s rulebook.

    World In Motion travels from Africa to South America, via Europe and the Middle East, to hear from the heroes and villains of Italia ’90 and find out why it is still seen as a special and transformative moment, not just in English eyes but in other countries far and wide.

    Featuring interviews with Cameroon’s Roger Milla, Italy’s Totò Schillaci, West Germany’s Jürgen Klinsmann, Argentina’s Sergio Goycochea, and Ireland’s Packie Bonner, Hart explores the full global impact of the 1990 World Cup, examining not only the story of tournament but the long-term social, political and economic paths of each country involved.

    Simon Hart says: ‘For somebody who was a football-mad teenager in 1990, it was a privilege to write this book – to go out and discover the impact of Italia ’90, not just in this country but in many other parts of the world. Hopefully it will highlight just why that tournament was so special and why its legacy endures today, as well as providing readers with a powerful and enjoyable dose of World Cup nostalgia.’



    Simon Hart has been working in sports journalism since the late 1990s and has been present at the past five World Cups. He reports on European football for UEFA’s website and publications, and also writes for The Independent and the i. This is his second book and follows Here We Go: Everton in the 1980s, published in 2016.


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