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Description - Behind the Curtain by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson has travelled extensively behind the old Iron Curtain, viewing the fall of communism through the lens of football. As a teenager he holidayed in Slovenia, as a young journalist for onefootball.com his obsession with the region took root as he covered the tumultuous events in eastern Europe just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and as the present-day football correspondent of The Financial Times he's looking to produce a piece of work that gets beyond the endless rumour mill of transfer speculation and celebrity hype of the Premiership: a book that gets under the surface of a game where match-fixing, corruption and bribery in football are part and parcel of everyday life. Not Britain, but behind the old Iron Curtain, where, since the collapse of communism, state interference in football has largely given way to mafia control. From the warlord Arkan's involvement at Red Star Belgrade, to hooliganism in Hungary, through the experience of foreign playes in Poland to match-fixing in Ceausescus' Romania, Behind the Curtain has a canvas as wide as, and is a worthy successor to, Football Against the Enemy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752869070
ISBN-10: 0752869078
Format: Hardback
(222mm x 142mm x 30mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times, and has travelled widely throughout Eastern Europe.

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