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Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper is the author, with Stefan Szymanski, of Why England Lose.

Spartak Moscow

Simon Kuper, 10 June 2010

One night in 1942, Nikolai Starostin, founder of the Spartak Moscow football club, woke to find a torch shining in his eyes and two pistols pointed at his head. He had spent years waiting for his arrest; Lavrenty Beria, head of Stalin’s secret police and director of Dinamo Moscow football club, did not like him. He was taken to the Lubianka for long interrogations. Among other things,...

The sociology of football

R.W. Johnson, 24 July 2003

Brought up Jewish and soccer-loving in the Netherlands, Simon Kuper has come to realise that he accepted too easily the myth of Dutch wartime heroism. The result is a long litany of hurt...

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