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by David Downing

Free eBook Passovotchka: Moscow Dynamo in Britain 1945 download ISBN: 0747544565
Author: David Downing
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK (September 1, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 286
Category: Sports Books
Subcategory: Biographies
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Russian football was virtually unknown in Britain.

Russian football was virtually unknown in Britain. Those who claimed to be in the know knew nothing about the innovations developed by legendary Soviet coaches Boris Arkadiev and Victor Maslow. It was England itself who's football was isolated, having declined to take part in any of the World Cups held between the wars. The author's style is at once gripping, and will keep the reader turning the page throughout.

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On 4 November 1945 a party from Moscow Dynamo Football Club travelled to Britain to play four matches against top British teams. They departed 33 days later, leaving a trail of controversy in their undefeated wake. On the pitch, they played exciting football, displaying their technically superior strikers. Off the pitch, they were constantly involved in disputes with the FA, the British clubs, the match referees and the press. With the Cold War not yet begun, everyone claimed to want to keep politics out of sport.

On 4 November 1945 a party from Moscow Dynamo FC travelled to Britain to play four matches against top British teams. They departed 33 days later, leaving a trail of controversy in their unbeaten wake.

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David Downing, author of Passovotchka points out that Soviet officials were . Bernard Joy in his book, Forward Arsenal recalls the goal; They scored before we had even touched the ball.

David Downing, author of Passovotchka points out that Soviet officials were regular sights at London football grounds, usually wearing ‘well-tailored suits with funny-smelling cigarettes and distinct, guttural accents’, but these were the Soviet cream-of-the-crop, the masters of their profession. The Russians are Here : The Goodwill Tour. Known in Britain as simply Moscow Dynamo, the English FA invited the Russian’s to raise morale and prove British dominance over their wartime allies, but ideological enemies.

In November 1945, a party from Moscow Dynamo FC travelled to Britain to play four matches against top British teams. They departed 33 days later, leaving a trail of controversy in their unbeaten wake. Nothing went smoothly on this tour, and throughout, the Russians were involved in disputes with the FA, the British clubs, the match referees, and the press. With the Cold War not yet begun, Russia was still Britain's ally and everyone claimed to want to keep politics out of sport. But the Soviet authorities were clearly anxious that Dynamo's performance should reflect well on the State; and there were many in the British press eager to make political capital out of the controversy surrounding the tour. The book contains a blow-by-blow account of the tour itself; a history of the Moscow Dynamo club, and a discussion of the state of British football at the end of the war, including those aspects of the game—style of play, training methods, the issue of professionalism—which the Dynamo tour brought into question.
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Gerceytone
Russia took to Football early but because of the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution, their football existed in a state of isolation with regards to the rest of the world. However in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, Soviet politicians decided to send the club team Moscow Dynamo to Britain as a good will gesture. A 4 match tour was arranged against a Welsh Club (Cardiff), the famous Scottish club Glasgow Rangers, and two London clubs Chelsea and Arsenal. It would surprise all. but not for the reasons expected.

Russian football was virtually unknown in Britain. Those who claimed to be in the know knew nothing about the innovations developed by legendary Soviet coaches Boris Arkadiev and Victor Maslow. It was England itself who's football was isolated, having declined to take part in any of the World Cups held between the wars. They were once the best (back to back Olympic Gold Medals before World War I) so they must still and always be the best. So they regarded the tour by Dynamo as little more than amusement.

PASSOVOTCHKA is the detailed story of the Dynamo tour in late 1945. The chief of the English Football Association Stanley Rous, deserves the credit for organizing the tour as a good will gesture between War Allies to celebrate the victory. That the Soviets chose to come was the first surprise. They left their great coach Victor Maslow back in Moscow for reasons not entirely clear,was a second surprise . Their players were unknown outside of the Soviet Union. Chelsea featured no less than the great Tommy Lawton as their principal goal scorer. Experts predicted a miss-match.

One of the results of the tour was that both nations would end their international isolation. England would travel to Brazil for the 1950 World Cup (and we know how that turned out). The Soviet Union would travel to Finland and take part in he 1952 Olympic Football Tournament. Neither event could have happened had it not been for the Dynamo tour in 1946. This is a terrific story. The book is well written. A book like this will help insure the story is not forgotten.
Meri
I like the book
Walan
David Downing has performed a great service to both history and sport in writing the first English-language at-length work on the Dynamo tour of November 1945. I hope the shortage of reviews for this book do not reflect sales.
The author's style is at once gripping, and will keep the reader turning the page throughout. I managed to read it in one sitting, which says more about the quality of writing than the length of the text (a not inconsiderable 260 pages).
The work follows the tour closely and pays great attention to detail, whilst livening proceedings somewhat with numerous anecdotes. I for one did not know that when the team coach arrived at a war-torn stadium the Russians were afraid to enter for fear of being tricked into a gulag!
Countless other fascinating stories add to the political element throughout this work, and whilst it can be read for its sporting interest alone, it is perhaps best seen in the early Cold War light in which the tour occured. In this, Downing is a master at portraying a background of a crumbling war-time alliance coupled with the onset of the Cold War. Set in this context, the football matches (of which the Dynamos came out conclusive winners!) take on an added dimension.
However, if I had to pick out faults I would mention the absence of any means of footnotes. The author has clearly drawn on extensive research and it is a shame this has gone undocumented. Nevertheless, a thorough bibliography is included which more than makes up for this deficiency, although it does not include numerous articles on the tour by historians such as Mario Risoli, Jim Phillips, Dilwyn Porter & Ronald Kowalski, and Robert Edelman amongst others.
One final remark would be that Downing comes across very much on the side of the Dynamos. His argument that the British simply assumed their own supremacy (in more ways than sporting) at least until the Hungary match in the 1950s is convincing. However, I felt that equal attention was not merited to the Soviet aspect (this is perhaps fair in that most of the sources were British). Nevertheless, more could have been said about the NKVD-sponsored nature of the tour. The idea of Soviet Russia demonstrating the superiority of its system through sport is not one limited to football (I think it was Gary Kasparov who said his chess matches were 'politically-programmed'). Still, Downing presents a thorough and balanced argument throughout.
In short, this book provides great entertainment thanks to the nature of Downing's writing, whilst shedding light an a relatively poorly documented area of sports history.
I say buy it!
Daniel Guiney