We’re thrilled to announce that The Match: The Story of Italy v Brazil has been named Football Book of the Year at The Charles Tyrwhitt Sports Book Awards 2024.

The Football Writers' Assocation judged the category and when announcing the winner judge and journalist Patrick Barclay described as the best football book of the "last twenty years".

Our congratulations go to author Piero Trellini, who spent decades researching and reliving the famous Italy-Brazil match of 1982, collecting stories, anecdotes and memorabilia, culminating in this incredible book. 

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As well as Piero’s book taking home an award, four of our other titles were also shortlisted for awards.

About the Book

"Piero Trellini's The Match is a monumental recreation of his homeland's titanic win over Brazil at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Originally published in Italy in 2019 to much acclaim, the book is a dazzling, dizzying mosaic of detail." – When Saturday Comes

The Match is a multi-award-winning book first published in Italy in 2019. The book has been reprinted numerous times, with translated versions published to great acclaim in Spain and Latin America. It also inspired the 2022 Sky Sports TV series Italy v Brazil 3-2 – La Partita. This is the eagerly awaited English edition.

The book tells the tale of an extraordinary sports event – a match described by Time magazine in 2010 as the most beautiful game in football history: Italy v Brazil at Spain 82.

Piero Trellini delves into the stories and lives of the many great players and characters who shone on that day and lit up that unforgettable match – from Paolo Rossi to Sócrates, from Enzo Bearzot to Zico – as well as some forgotten figures who all played their part.

The Match takes us on a fascinating journey through the 1982 World Cup, and includes fresh insight and fascinating anecdotes on the historical and sporting links between the two countries. Italy, a nation historically at the forefront of football, did not arrive in Spain as favourites, with widespread doubts about their chances, not least in the Italian press. This is one of the reasons why their triumph that summer is still celebrated in Italy above any others by the Azzurri.

Read and discover:

  • What referee Abraham Klein was thinking during the match, what was going on in his life and how the war in Lebanon was on his mind during those 90 minutes 
  • How a handful of players and journalists from the same country found themselves at war with each other
  • How the commercial side of the Mundial influenced every aspect of the game
  • How Italy boss Enzo Bearzot pinned his hopes on Paolo Rossi, a player fans and the media had given up on, and was rewarded for trusting his instinct despite harsh criticism
  • How Brazil’s coach Telê Santana created ‘the Magic Square’ comprising four great talents: Zico, Sócrates, Cerezo and Falcão
  • How the twists and turns of this brilliant match were played out like a Hollywood script – the final twist transforming Italy’s supposedly old and washed-up goalkeeper, Dino Zoff, into a national hero.