Sunday 22 October 2017

Olzhas Auyezov: A footballing ‘myth’ that has dogged Ukraine as it makes its mark in the modern world

Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko during the Euro 2012 Group D match against England
Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko during the Euro 2012 Group D match against England

UKRAINE is finding itself dogged by a World War II propaganda myth about an ill-starred soccer match against a German team even as it tries to cement its status as a modern European nation by co-hosting the Euro 2012 soccer championship.



A movie based on the "Death Match" legend, which premiered last month when most former Soviet republics celebrated the 1945 Allied victory over Nazi Germany, has caused an uproar inUkraine as it prepares for soccer celebrations.

The movie, "Match", tells the story of Start, a soccer club set up in the summer of 1942 in Nazi-occupied Kiev. Its players, according to the Soviet official line, were arrested and killed after refusing to 'throw' a game to a German team.

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