Dan Friedman

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Ghosts Over Hungary and Holland

In Books, Culture, Football (Soccer) on September 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Political racists and soccer revolutionaries haunt the clash between Hungary and the Netherlands as the Dutch team arrives in Budapest on Tuesday ready to decide who will top the fledgling Group D table in World Cup qualifying.

As intriguing, though, is the match’s cultural backdrop: while Hungary has a terrible reputation for racism, a new book by Simon Kuper, “Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe’s Darkest Hour,” was released on Tuesday, questioning the Dutch’s sterling reputation.