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Tweezy
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Soccer book: Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football

I haven't read it, but saw the review on bundesliga fanatic. I'll post the link at the bottom, but it's a travelouge and he goes to Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, the Balkans, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. As the article mentions it's from 2006 so some things have changed, but I think thenry said he was moving to Ukraine or something like that so I thought he and others might be interested. It isn't too long, so I'll probably squeeze it in soon.

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joey barton
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re: Soccer book: Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
Same author as Inverting the Pyramid

Eastern Europe is his specialty. Here are his Guardian articles: LINK

Many are worth a read


thenry712
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re: Soccer book: Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
I read it recently. Some of it is quite dense, and repetitive albeit informative. Gist: Eastern European country breaks from the Soviet Union. Turns out they're now poor fiscally and in footballing terms and corrupt.

The other sections about football in Ukraine, the Balkans, and Russia are interesting.


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Sheep
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corndeaux
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re: Soccer book: Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
quote:

Same author as Inverting the Pyramid


Just picked this up the other day. Looking forward to diving in. Good read?


Crede15
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re: Soccer book: Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
I liked it. Not sure I loved it, but it was good. Whether or not you really care about the history of tactics in 19th century England is up to you.

Like this book (I haven't read it so I'm going by the reviews here), it's not necessarily comprehensive. The last 20 years or so seemed really rushed. There's also nothing about Spain, for instance. There's a good bit about Eastern Europe (partly because that's Wilson's specialty, and partly because he talks a lot about pressing and he credits the manager of Dynamo Kiev - could be wrong about that, might be another Eastern bloc club - with being the originator of that.)


corndeaux
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re: Soccer book: Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
Thanks!

Any suggestions for books that look at more modern continental tactics? Someone has to have written a good Biesla breakdown, right?


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