Thursday, November 27, 2008


I went to the Emirates to see Arsenal beat Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday night.

Fine fact the first:
The club was founded in 1927 as an amateur team, part of Dinamo, a nation-wide Soviet sport society. This society later became officially funded and patronized by the NKVD (a KGB predecessor), and later by the interior ministry (MVD). In the 1950s–1980s, team players were even officially ranked as police or interior armed forces officers.
Fine fact the second:
The story is often told of how the Dynamo team, playing as "Start, City of Kyiv All-Stars", was executed by a firing squad in the summer of 1942 for defeating an All-Star team from the German armed forces by 5 goals to 1.
A story that inspired in turn the idiosyncratic 1981 movie Escape to Victory, which brought together the sporting and histrionic talents of Sir Michael Caine, Sly Stallone, Pele, and Bobby Moore for the only times in their careers.

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