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of the Interdisciplinary Research Network Legacies of Communism? Post‐Communist Europe from Stagnation to Reform, between Autocracy and Revolution
In the history of Soviet football, "Dynamo" Kiev is regarded as the most successful Soviet team, whose long-standing manager Valery Lobanovsky is regarded as one of the best coaches in football history. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian football not only inherited its glorious sport accomplishments but also legacies of the Soviet football organization which reflected on a small scale the entire image of post-communist Ukraine. This research will examine the transformation processes in the Ukraine using football as an example.
This project provides an opportunity to analyze the legacies of communism in a concrete, little researched, but socially important field of football. The complexity of the football organization represents an accomplished research field to deal with the role of the old and new elites in the process of football transformation. This research will examine in which way and under which circumstances transformation of football took place in post-communist Ukraine. This project will focus on three main problem areas: reorganization of football within the whole national sport system, transition of clubs from a state-controlled sport system into a market-based competition and changes in sports reporting. As a result, the contradictions and various ideological imprints of post-communist Ukraine can be exemplified in this project.
Leibniz Center for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
Kateryna Chernii is on leave from 1-31 October 2020.
E-Mail: chernii [at] zzf-potsdam.de