Fully revised paperback edition of definitive account of Italia '90 out now

The ultimate telling of the defining World Cup of our times has been fully revised and updated for a new edition

James Corbett
By James Corbett
30 May 2024
Fully revised paperback edition of definitive account of Italia '90 out now

Mount Vernon Publishing are delighted to announce publication of a new and fully updated edition of World In Motion: The Inside Story of Italia '90, The Tournament That Changed Football.

Described by When Saturday Comes as “One of the best works that any World Cup has inspired” and The Observer as “The last word on the most divisive World Cup of all”, World in Motion is a part travelogue, part history in which Simon Hart cuts to the heart of a tournament that redefined football as we know it.    

The finals of Gazza’s tears and Nessun Dorma, Italia ’90 was a grand spectacle of colour and drama that made football suddenly fashionable again — at least among the wider English public (and salivating television executives). Yet it was also a World Cup low on goals and high on fouls which led to the re-writing of football’s rulebook.

World In Motion travels from Africa to South America, via Europe and the Middle East, to hear from the heroes and villains of Italia ’90 and find out why it is still seen as a special and transformative moment, not just in English eyes but in other countries far and wide.

Featuring interviews with many of the key players, Hart explores the full global impact of the 1990 World Cup, examining not only the story of tournament but the long-term social, political and economic paths of each country involved.

Fully revised and updated, with a new epilogue that brings the legacy of the tournament up to date, World in Motion is the ultimate word on one of the most memorable finals in football history.