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Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football (edition 2006)

by Jonathan Wilson

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Title:Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
Authors:Jonathan Wilson
Info:Orion Publishing (2006), Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:soccer, eastern europe, poland, ukraine, hungary, yugoslavia, serbia-montenegro, slovenia, croatia, bosina-hercegovina, bulgaria, romania, caucasus, georgia, armenia, azerbaijan, russia, history

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This book is great for any one interested in the history of soccer. You might also like it if you just like recent history, especially the history of Eastern Europe. It is a quick and easy read. ( )
  DomD | Dec 5, 2012 |
An interesting look into post Soviet eastern Europe, through the looking glass of football.

This book is not really about football but about what happens (in football) globally and how that has affected (football) in the former eastern bloc.

You could substitute the word 'football' with 'economy' or 'power structure' - here they are on equal terms.

The story had benefited from a chart mapping out all persons, clubs and connections, because in the end all the names starts to be confusing, and you either flip through the pages in a bid to keep track OR you decide to focus on the general story rather than on which -iv or -enko did what when, to whom.
Another minus for the apparently non existent proof reading - lots of typos...

Aside from that this is strongly recommended read for anyone interested in either or all of the subjects mentioned here. ( )
1 vote Busifer | Oct 19, 2007 |
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"From the pock-marked streets of Sarajevo, where turning up for training involved dodging snipers' bullets, to the crumbling splendour of Budapest's Bozsik Stadium, where the likes of Puskas and Kocsis masterminded the fall of England, the landscape of Eastern Europe has changed immeasurably since the fall of Communism. Jonathan Wilson has travelled extensively behind the Iron Curtain, viewing life beyond the fall of the Berlin Wall through the lens of football." "Here, in Behind the Curtain, Wilson covers a vast amount of ground: he goes in search of the spirit of the Aranycsapat, Hungary's 'Golden Squad' of the early fifties, charts the disintegration of the footballing superpower that was the former Yugoslavia, follows a sorry tale of corruption, mismanagement and Armenian cognac through the Caucasus, reopens the case of Russia's greatest footballer, Eduard Streltsov, and talks to Jan Tomaszewski about an autumn night at Wembley in 1973."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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