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By Jonathan Wilson

From the war-ravaged streets of Sarajevo, the place turning up for education concerned dodging snipers' bullets, to the crumbling splendour of Budapest's Bozsik Stadium, the place the likes of Puskás and Kocsis masterminded the autumn of britain, the panorama of jap Europe has replaced immeasurably because the fall of communism. Jonathan Wilson has travelled broadly at the back of the outdated Iron Curtain, viewing existence past the autumn of the Berlin Wall during the lens of soccer.

Where as soon as the state-controlled groups of the jap bloc handed their approach with crisp potency - a kind of communist model of overall soccer - to enormous luck at the eu and overseas levels, at the present time the attractive online game within the East has been spread out to the unfastened marketplace, and during the sector a feeling of chaos pervades. the specter of totalitarian interference now not continues to be; yet as a substitute mafia regulate is mostly observed with a crippling loss of money.

In backstage Jonathan Wilson is going looking for the spirit of Hungary's 'Golden Squad' of the early fifties, charts the disintegration of the footballing superpower that was once the previous Yugoslavia, follows a sorry story of corruption, mismanagement and Armenian cognac throughout the Caucasuses, reopens the case of Russia's maximum footballer, Eduard Streltsov, and talks to Jan Tomaszewski approximately an autumn evening at Wembley in 1973...

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