Title: A Blue Century: One Hundred Years of Italian History Told through the Soccer Finals
Author: Alfio Caruso
Data:  2013, 587 p., hardcover
Publisher: Longanesi


The crucial role of Italian political, social, and cultural developments told through a century of soccer. In 1925, Edoardo Agnelli told Mussolini that a soccer league for the children of Italian expatriates could be the first step for future political expansion. The Duce ensured that there would be an Italian-favoring referee directing the semi-final and final games of the 1934 World Cup. Italy’s second World Cup victory in 1938 paved the way for the infamous racial laws. Palmiro Togliatti, the head of the Italian Communist Party, used Hungary’s victory over Italy in 1953 to demonstrate the superiority of Communism. The Milanese team’s triumphs aided Berlusconi’s rise to power. The story of a sport inextricably tied to Italian history that has held the country together during its darkest moments.