The inspiration for Escape to Victory
- From the section Football
Mark Pougatch tells the inspirational story behind the Death Match.
FC Start, a wartime Kiev side, formed mainly of Dynamo Kiev players, took on and beat their Nazi occupiers.
On retaking the city, the Soviet State created a myth that all eleven players were shot as a result of their victory.
That story helped inspire the film Escape to Victory.
But the reality was much more complex...