Italia 90: From West Germany taking the Cup to the Soviet Union’s last major appearance

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If you have ever wondered why Italia ’90 was such a world changing tournament, we know the book to tell you that and more, such as why each and every team won in their own right.

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Simon Hart’s World in Motion: The inside story of Italia 90 is an in-depth exploration into the sensation of the 1990 FIFA World Cup and exactly what it meant to everyone involved, be it West Germany who took out the title or the Soviet Union’s last tournament under the name before they split into other federations.

Consisting of a series of exclusive interviews with players, coaches and media, the book presents a behind-the-scenes look into football’s greatest tournament, including context in the lead-up to, and reflections upon notable incidents that occurred during the cup.

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Written in first person from the journalist’s eye, the book takes you on a journey without needing to commit to a full-length story. Each chapter is devoted to a particular team or event that took place within the World Cup and discusses them independently, meaning you can pick up and read from any chapter and have the ability to understand what is going on, without leaving any un-answered questions.

This book is recommended to any football fan, whether you were alive to see the events of Italia ’90 unravel, or you just love the sport, there is something in it for everyone. As previously mentioned, this book calls for no need to be read in its entirety making it the perfect match for those who may not be avid readers.

From the media perspective, it was enthralling to read about Hart’s comparisons of how scenarios were reflected in the media during the World Cup and how that affected circumstance at the time.

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That being said, you do have to be a bit of a football nut to get the most out of this book. It was a bit hard to follow at times, having not previously known anything about Italia ’90 and the players/teams involved, so a general background on the tournament would not go astray prior to reading as a means to gain the full intended experience.

Overall, it was a great read and the writing style was very easy to connect with. Hart’s writing is a wonderful testament to his career as a journalist and his craftsmanship in telling stories in a unique and compelling manner.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season
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