The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia by Richard Mills

The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State by Richard Mills
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Overview: Even before Tito’s Communist Party established control over the war-ravaged territories which became socialist Yugoslavia, his partisan forces were using football as a revolutionary tool. In 1944 a team representing the incipient state was dispatched to play matches around the liberated Mediterranean. This consummated a deep relationship between football and communism that endured until this complex multi-ethnic polity tore itself apart in the 1990s. Starting with an exploration of the game in the short-lived interwar Kingdom, this book traces that liaison for the first time. Based on extensive archival research and interviews, it ventures across the former Yugoslavia to illustrate the myriad ways football was harnessed by an array of political forces. Communists purposefully re-engineered Yugoslavia’s most popular sport in the tumult of the 1940s, using it to integrate diverse territories and populations. Subsequently, the game advanced Tito’s distinct brand of communism, with its Cold War-era policy of non-alignment and experimentation with self-management. Yet, even under tight control, football was racked by corruption, match-fixing and violence. Alternative political and national visions were expressed in the stadiums of both Yugoslavias, and clubs, players and supporters ultimately became perpetrators and victims in the countries’ violent demise.
In Richard Mills’ hands, the former Yugoslavia’s stadiums become vehicles to explore the relationship between sport and the state, society, nationalism, state-building, inter-ethnic tensions and war. The book is the first in-depth study of the Yugoslav game and offers a revealing new way to approach the complex history of Yugoslavia.
In Richard Mills’ hands, the stadiums of the former Yugoslavia become vehicles to explore the relationship between state and society, nationalism, popular protest, state-building and inter-ethnic tensions. The book is the first to study football in this period, and in doing so offers a revealing new way to approach the complex history of socialist Yugoslavia.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Non-league Football Paper – February 03, 2019

The Non-league Soccer Paper – February 03, 2019
Necessities: .PDF reader, 15 MB
Evaluation: The Non-League Paper is a weekly English sports activities paper in accordance with non-League soccer. It’s printed each and every Sunday.
Style: Magazines & Newspapers

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The Non-league Football Paper – January 27, 2019

The Non-league Football Paper – January 27, 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 14 MB
Overview: The Non-League Paper is a weekly English sports paper based on non-League football. It is published every Sunday.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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Black Boots and Football Pinks by Daniel Gray

Black Boots and Football Pinks: 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game by Daniel Gray
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 423 KB
Overview: Ramshackle dugouts, matches played in fog, muddy goalmouths, the smell of tobacco, floodlight failure and of course Saturday evening pink newspapers. They were the gritty stardust which made football sparkle. Here, 50 such wonders are drawn together with evocative charm before they slip from memory altogether. Dedicating a chapter to each wonder, Gray’s pieces read more like loveletters than essays.

Unashamedly nostalgic, this is a charming canter through the disappearing particles of football. Written in the same wistful and whimsical style as Gray’s much-admired Saturday, 3pm, Black Boots and Football Pinks will warm the heart and prompt fond sighs of recognition.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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How Football (Nearly) Came Home by Barney Ronay

How Football (Nearly) Came Home: Adventures in Putin’s World Cup by Barney Ronay
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Overview: The summer of 2018: England sweltered in the most sustained heatwave for 42 years, the government tore itself apart over deals and no deals, and hundreds of miles away, in a taciturn and strange state, the national football team did the unthinkable in the World Cup: they didn’t screw it up.

The England team that touched down in Russia for the 2018 World Cup was a new-look outfit: there were no real stars, no overblown egos, and no dickheads. Still reeling from the wincing exit to Iceland in the 2016 Euros, expectations were at an all-time low. Qualification had been smooth if not spectacular, and pundits and fans alike were lukewarm about the team’s chances. Just avoiding embarrassment would have counted as some kind of success. As the tournament kicked off, a stunningly stage-managed occasion by Putin and his cronies at FIFA, we all took a deep inhale of breath and waited for the inevitable: technical ineptitude and crap penalties.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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The Non-league Football Paper – January 13, 2019

The Non-league Football Paper – January 13, 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 32 MB
Overview: The Non-League Paper is a weekly English sports paper based on non-League football. It is published every Sunday.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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