A rare find in a Parisian book store: Sport and Society. An Anthology, a work edited by Charles H. Page and John T. Tahamini and published in 1973. This collection contains 33 essays by scholars and journalists and also by a former US-President, John F. Kennedy. The latter’s essay is the focus of this post. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for the ‘Cold War’ Category
This blog is all about the Anglo-German rivalry and how it affects everyday life, football and politics. However, there are games that were labelled ‘Match of the Century’, ‘Miracles’ like the World Cup final of 1954 or the victories of West Germany against England in 1970 and 1972 or the ‘Jahrhundertspiel‘ between Italy and Germany. In each of the following examples at least either of them is always present, England or Germany, making a necessary link to the Anglo-German football rivalry. Where does this love for labelling games come from? And were these games really what their labels promised? Read the rest of this entry »
Jürgen Sparwasser, the scorer of East Germany’s most famous goal, against West Germany at the World Cup 1974 once said that there are only three goals that are being discussed by the Germans: Rahn‘s goal to make it 3-2 against Hungary in 1954, the third goal scored by Geoff Hurst in 1966 at Wembley and his from 1974 in Hamburg.
Another quote by Sparwasser went that everybody would know who was buried under the gravestone with the inscription reading like this: Hamburg, Volkspark, June 22, 1974. Of course it refers to him as his career was reduced to that moment when he scored his famous goal against West Germany in the group stage of the 1974 World Cup.
Sport is war minus the shooting. That was the essence of an article George Orwell wrote in 1945 about a tour of the Dynamo Moscow football team in Britain. Certainly he wasn’t a friend of football preferring the Olympic Games and their supposed peacefulness and which brings nations together peacefully rather than stirring up hate and jealousy. Written just after the end of the Second World War, Orwell clearly had in his view that sport could become a means in the fight for the superiority of the systems, i.e. East vs. West. He was spot on in his observation and as the development of the Olympic Games has shown during the era of the Cold War.