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Episode 03 - The Stasi's Football Team

Alan McDougall

Berliner FC Dynamo was the football team of the East German secret police, the dreaded Stasi.

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Berliner FC Dynamo was the football team of the East German secret police, the dreaded Stasi. Alan McDougall (University of Guelph) discusses how BFC Dynamo was able to dominate East German football in part through questionable referee calls and the controversy this created among football fans.

See footage of the infamous penalty in the Lok Leipzig/BFC Dynamo match in March 1986.

Image: FC Lok Leipzig – BFC Dynamo 1:1, 22 March 1986. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1986-0322-026 / Kluge, Wolfgang / CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Alan McDougall at the Global History of Sport in the Cold War Conference in Moscow, May 2015.