I've been rooting for the Spartak Moscow team for 51 years. I thought I knew all there was to know about my favorite soccer team. This book proved me wrong. It contains some facts and details that I had not known of. It's engaging and, for the most part, remarkably accurate. I'd like to thank Professor Edelman for his hard work and congratulate those who purchased the book. Believe me, you will not be disappointed!
Great book to learn about Soviet life and interrelation of football and politics2013/2/4
Enjoyed this book very much, learned a lot of historical data related to USSR. Amazing info on political effects of football/soccer development in Soviet Union, on Spartak club which became much more than just football club for Soviet people. Highly recommended for people interested to explore interrelation of politics and football and about Soviet history.
The item just arrived in time and in a perfect condition. The book is very complete about Spartak and their history. I would like to find out more books like this.
Great Academic Title2012/10/26
Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in the Worker's State by Robert Edelman is the definitive history of Russian soccer. It is a complicated history to say the least, but it is also a fascinating one. This academic title is brilliantly written, full of player biographies and match highlights, from all periods of that country's soccer rollercoaster.
It is a story of brilliance amongst tyranny and beauty amongst despair. Spartak represented the best of Russian soccer even though it was far from perfect. Like Ajax during World War II, the Moscow club had its share of secrets. But it also had its lion's share of hardware, including 12 Soviet championships.
Spartak's Nikolai Starostin could be considered the "Father of Russian Football" because he set the standard for how things were done in the beautiful game. He was a trendsetter, a man who helped grow the game in Russia despite a difficult, often impossible environment of a Stalinist government. Nikolai had a passion for the sport that was so great that he served 12 years in a forced labor camps because he was so successful and so resourceful. Even though I consider myself a student of the game, I have to say I didn't know the name even though it is greatly evident that I should have.
If you want to know the Russian game, you have to know Spartak. And the Russian story will continue to be a relevant one thanks to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the hordes of international stars tempted by the riches of the Russian oligarchs. And the story began with just four brothers and a dream of something better in what could be best explained as a complex social and political situation. If soccer can survive under communism and under Stalin, it can thrive anywhere.
Soviet era soccer2011/12/30
D. L. H. APC
I'm a soccer fan and have read numerous books about the history and sociology of soccer, but I've never gotten my hands on anything about the game in Russia. This one fits the bill. It's remarkably detailed and informative, and it uses the vehicle of the evolution of the Spartak team to tell about the game and its people around the country during post-revolutionary times. If you're interested in Russian history, this book offers a unique look at common Russians and how they could and could not use their Spartak team as a way to express defiance against their leaders. This was a well written story. Spartak Moscow gets my highest recommendation.