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Solid, but not desperately revealing
on 14 April 2011
There's a growing selection of books looking at the history of football in various countries, such as "Football Against the Enemy" and "Brilliant Orange". This worthy addition to the genre takes a fairly rapid-fire look at a number of former Soviet Bloc countries, delving into the sometimes fascinating, sometimes dodgy and sometimes both histories of the game, plus comments on current leagues and rivalries. You'll have heard of very few of the players (and a few more of the teams) but the author writes well and it's very easyy to read. Seasoned football followers (particularly those with an interest in European tournaments or who play a lot of Football Manager (!)) might not feel they know much more when they finish than when they started, but if you're a fan of the national football histories, then give this one a go.