Part One. Infancy
Part Two. Adolescence
Part Three. Youth
Carles Vinas is an expert in football and skinhead culture. Exposing racism in the sport, as well as championing its radical history, his passion for the game has led him to write numerous books on the subject, including the award-winning St. Pauli: Another Football is Possible. Luke Stobart is an academic and writer, as well as a translator and interpreter. He is a lecturer in Spanish history and politics at King's College, London, and economic history at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He is currently writing a book on contemporary left-wing politics and movements in the Spanish state.
'Football is an excellent way in to understanding any country, and if there's one country we need to understand better now, it's Russia. An extremely timely book.'-- Simon Kuper, co-author of 'Soccernomics'
'A fascinating, thorough and at times revealing investigation into the origins of football in the USSR.'-- Jonathan Wilson, author of 'Inverting the Pyramid'
'A fascinating, brilliantly researched insight into the patchwork origins of the ruthless powerhouse that Soviet football would become.'-- Robert O'Connor, author of 'Blood and Circuses'