The Eastern European Chronicles I x II [Digital]


As magical as it is mystical, Eastern European football remains one of the crown jewels of the beautiful game. 

From the bountiful but brutal years of life behind the Iron Curtain, through to the 1990s when Eastern European football was finally able to show its might to the wide eyes of the world, the sport has been at the forefront of society, science and innovation. 

Across two special issues - available as a digital package - celebrating the greats of Eastern European football across 14 nations, we travel to Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia to rekindle some of the game's greatest names. 

Across 300 pages, you'll find some of the very best art, design and feature writing on the following.


  • Hungary, Gusztáv Sebes and 1954
  • Ferenc Puskás: Immortal
  • Poland 1974 and a unique era of natural talent
  • Is Zbigniew Boniek Poland's greatest footballer?
  • The joy of Dragan Džajić, Yugoslav football's ultimate icon
  • Red Star 1991: the team that enthralled a continent
  • Yugoslavia's hypothetical wonderteam of the 1990s
  • Safet Sušić, PSG and a life lived for Bosnia
  • Velež Mostar: the club that once stood with giants
  • Edin Džeko: a hero fit for a modern Bosnia
  • The untouchable feats of Steaua Bucharest
  • Gheorghe Hagi: the master of fantasy
  • The mistiming of Darko Pančev
  • Hamlet and Henrikh: the Mkhitaryan dynasty
  • BATE Borisov: 13 titles in a row for a club founded in 1996
  • The glory of Dinamo Tbilisi and the tragedy of Vitaly Daraselia
  • Unfit, awkward and inconsistent: the genius of Georgi Kinkladze
  • Josef Masopust: the blueprint for all modern midfielders
  • Antonín Panenka and the eternal chip
  • The Czech Republic at Euro 96 and Euro 2004
  • Robert Prosinečki
  • Croatia at France 98
  • Hristo Stoichkov
  • When God was Bulgarian at USA 94
  • Yordan Letchkov doesn't care what you think
  • Is Oleh Blokhin the greatest Eastern European footballer of all?
  • Valeriy Lobanovskyi and the science of Dynamo Kyiv
  • The summer Igor Belanov and Oleh Protasov lit up world football
  • The rise, glory and troubles of Shakhtar Donetsk
  • The talent and tantrums of Zlatko Zahovič
  • Sixteen legendary kits
  • 32 legendary kits

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