Football Dynamo: Modern Russia and the People's Game Paperback – 15 May 2008
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"One of the best books about football in a foreign land you will ever come across" (Andrew Baker Daily Telegraph)
"Bennetts has produced an engrossing, authoritative account of the game in his adopted country as it makes a growing mark in Europe" (Independent)
"This book is as strange as Russian football itself...a curious and fascinating read" (BBC Russia)
"An enthralling insight into a rejuvenated football nation" (When Saturday Comes)
"An authoritative and adventurous examination of Russian football" (The Herald)
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Soviet football had always fascinated me as a nipper. Teams with huge sounding names, such as Spartak Moscow, Dinamo Moscow, Zenit Leningrad, had made Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all sound minimal in comparison. Bennetts's book covers the history of these teams plus the post-soviet evolution experienced by Russian football in general.
Bennetts covers the whole aspect of Russian football, from the crumbling stadia, the rampant corruption and its political impact to the resurgence of the national squad in recent years. He also enlightens the reader to Russian culture and its increased expression through the growth of football and the people's categorical faith that it all can and will (and has) gone pear shaped.
But what I found really enjoyable was the conversations with Russian footballers, past and present. Quality players who were, are and had been disillusioned with the sport and how normal they all come across as being. I found this particularly strange given the conditions in which they had to play, politically, physically and environmentally.
Very good read, even for those who have no particular interest in footy. Bennetts treats you to the wonder that is the Russian psyche.....
That said, there is still more than enough in here to keep the average football fan engaged. Russian football is on the up, and anyone wishing to know their Spartaks from their Dynamos could do worse to start with this book. While you don't come away feeling that you understand the ins and outs of one of the most complicated countries in the world, you're bound to know a damn sight more than when you started, and Bennett's style of writing means that the book crackles along at a decent pace. There are probably bigger and better stories lurking behind the Iron Curtain, but for now Dynamo Football will so nicely.
im an avid reader of books about the world game and this book stands up well in comparison to other books i regard highly that deal with individual nations eg Morbo(spain),Tor(germany) and Futebol(brazil).It provides fascinating glimpses of a national game probably not overly familiar to many,even the world soccer readers,of us with chapters on numerous russian teams(spartak,cska,dynamo,lokamotiv,zenit) and the national team,along with a chapter on russian hooligans.Like the books mentioned earlier,these chapters are written with regard to russian society as a whole,giving the football-interested reader an insight into an unusual country.
My only criticisms of the book are that the final chapter with regard to the 2007 russia-england EC qualifer is overlong though i suppose its inclusion is understandable in an english language book.I also would have been interested to have seen a chapter about teams from beyond the urals and the challanges they and their supporters face in their day to day,not particularly glamorous existance.
One other thing i would point out is that the book i picked up so cheaply was the 2008 edition(with the russian doll pictures on the cover).Since this was published Zenit have won the uefa cup,Russia have performed supurbly at euro 2008 before unexpectadly not making it through the WC2010 playoffs against tiny Slovenia,big name 2008 performers have moved to and moved on from england,russia and georgia have been at war,russia has been awarded the 2018 WC and the nation continues to reassert itself on a world stage reeling after the 2008 financial near-meltdown;in other words,assuming that the book gets updated(and theres enough for a whole new book) its probably a good idea to look to the most recent edition possible.
Overall,very good,well worth a read
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putins modern russia in a football book really..corrupt racist behind the times going backwards awash with oil money..i enjoyed it though and its worth a readPublished 21 months ago by anthony walters
I found the delivery to be very fast and the book of excellent quality. I really recommend both this seller and the book itself. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2011 by Magnus Nordman
Excellent! A fascinating study into not only the world of football but of Russian culture as a whole. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2010 by P. Wardle