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Alan McDougall on Soccer Culture in Communist-Era East Germany

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

FIFA footballWhen the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, Alan McDougall was thinking about what was often on his 14-year-old mind: soccer. The end of the Cold War registered only as a backdrop to the coming weekend’s contest on the pitch in southern England. “I do remember playing football that weekend, and somehow having an association of my regular life going on while these events were occurring that were world-changing,” says McDougall, now a U of G history professor. 
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