¡Calcio!

Juan Esteban Constaín

NOVEL. SEIX BARRAL, 2010. 224 PAGES.

Arnaldo Momigliano, an Italian professor, scandalizes the academic circles of Oxford with an exhibition that places the origins of football in Italy. The eternal mystery of who invented football, the English or the Italians, provokes an intellectual duel that will lead Momigliano to investigate the historical archives of Florence to try to show that the first match in history took place during a battle between the Spanish Empire and the Florentine Republic in the 16th Century. 

Important historical figures – Charles the 5th, Pope Clemente VII, Miguel Ángel Buonarroti, Andrea Doria, Gonzalo Ximénez de Quesada – feature in a fascinating tale about the world’s favourite sport, and the details of a confrontation that proves decisive in both 16th Century Italy and prestigious academic circles in the 20th Century. 

Juan Esteban Constaín combines a childish fascination with football with the adventure of searching the archives for things that never appeared in official histories. The result is a fun, original novel; a gripping yarn about history and the great sport of football. 

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish SEIX BARRAL

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