just a few mistakes to start with: the legenday 'libero' of the '80s, is not Giacinto Scirea :-((
is Gaetano Scirea, Giacinto Facchetti was a left back defender in the 60s-70s,
the former played for Juventus Turin, the second for Inter Milan, it would be like naming Maurice Richard as John... or Kobe Bryant as Shaq...
the frankenstein-like defender built up this way would rather be an amazing player...although he never existed...
in 1990 - the world cup semi-final between Argentina and Italy final score was a tie, 1-1 - not an Argentinean victory as it is stated, and Maradona played rather bad, he scored the penalty kick in the series of shoot out after the game ended, leading Argentina to the final
the book features a never ending list of clichés and stereotypes on Italy and Italians, such they are generally enjoyed by wealthy British people living in the countryside, and is packed with minor mistakes such as the above-mentioned ones;
Italy looks that way if one were to live in a mansion in Tuscany, or in a villa in the countryside outside Rome;
life in the cities though is totally different, and hence the perspective one would get from, having to deal on a daily basis with corruption and organised crime and violence and abuse is totally another deal;
would have loved that the author spent at least a couple of days on those realitites, before phylosophying on a country only seen through the mirror of legends and clichés
the report from Turin, or from the South are un-realistic and fed with biais- the bar talks on monday morning in any bar in the country is rather more profound and documented;
the last chapter references to the 2006 match-fixing scandal are undocumented: if the author were to speak with any (any...) Italian fans, he would had been told what the recent trials held in Napoli is showing: the so-called-scandal was a general practise, behind the scandal sat other motivations such as rivalry within Agnelli family for the control and real ownership of Juventus and Fiat on one part (gianni agnelli's vs umberto agnelli heirs), a massive debts of big teams (Inter Milan and above all Roma and Lazio) towards the Italian revenue Agency of about 450 millions euros on the other , a debt that was cancelled by the Berlusconi's government a few months later B who also happened to be the president and owner of Milan...);
nothing of that backdrop is shed light upon; which is a little poor content for an investigative reporter
if anybody were to collect such a list of mistakes, misinformation, clichés and stereotypes, shallow analysis on either UK of the United States, the anglo-saxon communities would be outraged