The last great days of the Soviet Union

Twenty pivotal seconds brought football’s Iron Curtain down. Munich’s iconic Olympiastadion played host to the final of the 1988 European Championships, and it was here, in the 57th minute, that the last great act of the Soviet Union unfolded. Trailing 2-0, the second goal, that incredible Marco van Basten goal, the one which left Rinat…

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The Death Match of 1942

BY THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER 1941, just three months after Adolf Hitler’s army had invaded the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s capital Kyiv was occupied by The Wehrmacht after a cruel and bloody siege that lasted for 72 days. However, the Nazi government did not want to look like brutal tyrants in the eyes of…

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The threat of hooliganism and the right wing

ALEC LUHN RECENT WROTE A PIECE FOR THE GUARDIAN CONCERNING the escapism provided by the ‘refugee’ Shakhtar Donetsk players. Football at its best does indeed provide the enclosed and exhilarating escapism that many people need in order to forget the misery and mayhem occurring out-with the confines of the stadium. Increasingly however, such escapism may be…

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