With insight from some of the finest Italian football broadcast and newspaper journalists, including a foreword from iconic Italian football writer Gabriele Marcotti, Calcio’s Greatest Forwards devotes a chapter to each of the 21 best strikers to have graced L’Italia since 1929, delving deep into the back stories of Serie A’s finest attackers. From Gigi Riva’s historic Scudetto with Cagliari; to Roberto Boninsegna and an infamous incident involving a Coca-Cola can; through to the modern era, and the Divine Ponytail Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti. There’s some cracking insight and stories on the 21 subjects, such as why Pippo Inzaghi favoured a cured beef diet, Giuseppe Meazza’s off-field antics when awakening the night before a crunch league match in someone else’s bed and just why Christian Vieri had a love for cricket. George Rinaldi explores the fine careers of these footballers and examines, admires and scrutinises the finest strikers in Serie A history.
“This book was an important historical work in English about a niche that has not received enough attention in my opinion. Whether you are a new follower of Italian football, or a long-time tifoso, Calcio’s Greatest Forwards will make a great reference source. Chapeau to George Rinaldi for a tremendous effort in his first, and hopefully, not last, book about world football.” –Steve Amoia, WorldFootballCommentaries.com
“There’s a ton of brilliant insight here from the author and contributors. It’s a must for footy nostalgia fans and anyone with an interest in Italian football or those who want to know more about the game’s greatest forwards.” –RetroFootballBlog.com
“I find myself crying out for new books by February. Thankfully, Pitch Publishing read my mind and they’ve served up a real winter warmer: George Rinaldi’s Calcio’s Greatest Forwards. The illustrations – the Steve Welsh cover, the Josh Clifford portraits, the Paine Proffitt images – are a great touch.” –OfPitchAndPage.com
Calcio ‘s Greatest Forwards, written by George Rinaldi, is a beautiful book. The best strikers in the history of Italian Serie A are discussed. And indeed a Dutchman features – nobody less than Marco van Basten!” –Book of the Week, Ping-E-lieër magazine,Voetbal Club Rios, Netherlands
- Picked by Waterstones as one of their “Best European Football Books for Euro 2016”.
- #1 during December 2015 on Amazon as the New and Hottest releases for Football books next year and hit a peak of #26 in Football books for all time following its release.