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Should have won the William Hill prize,
This review is from: Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (Paperback)
A fascinating and moving book which is as much about the impact of war and brutality on ordinary life as it is about football.
In adding to what began life as a lengthy essay on Ajax during the Second World War, Kuper also examines the effect of the conflict on the game in England and Germany as well as Holland.
Frinstance: on the day Hitler began the invasion of Russia, around 90,000 people attended the German Cup final.
However, it is probably at its most compelling when examining the fate of Dutch Jews through the prism of their football clubs.
Jewish members, who start the war as important and influential people, appear in committee meeting minutes less and less frequently before finally fading away completely.
Will appeal to historians as much as football fans. Buy the book.