STEVEN MANDIS wrote a revealing book on Real Madrid a couple of years back and he’s returned – with his colleagues – with an appraisal of the history, current status and future prospects of Italy’s Serie A. The most recent golden age of Serie A , the 1980s and early 1990s saw Italy become a magnet for every major football star. Serie A attracted the world’s greatest players, including Diego Maradona, Ruud Gullit, Juergen Klinsmann and many others. We also had Italian football on British TV and we hoped that, somehow, English football could replicate the glamour, the professionalism and the excitement of Italy. In some ways it has done just that. Mandis highlights why Italy fell away and its clubs failed to keep…