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Brief Book Review of Erbstein: The triumph and tragedy of football's forgotten pioneer

Paul Grech Saturday, January 24, 2015 , , , ,
Everyone with more than a passing interest in European football will have heard of the great Torino side that unfortunately perished in a tragedy in Superga. It was truly one of the most impressive sides on the continent and a team that looked set to dominate Italian football for a long time. Sadly, it wasn't to be.

That tragedy was particularly cruel on the man who had overseen their rise, Ernest Erbstein. The Hungarian Jew had managed to live through the holocaust only to perish in the moment when his footballing dreams were being realised.

His story is perhaps less known, a footnote in the Torino tragedy, but it should no longer be the case thanks to this book by Dominic Bliss. Superbly researched and written, this is a fantastic book that is required reading.


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