The story behind the photo: military football in the Arctic

Soviet and Russian sports journalism, especially football journalism, has a rich history. In this section Welcome2018 speaks about famous sports, football photos and photographers.
Share 24 November 2016
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Football has always united people in the most difficult of times. During World War II people played football in the besieged Leningrad, in the days of the Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad.

The photo dated 1943 captures a football match between English and Russian sailors in Polyarny, an Arctic town in Russia’s Far East. The outcome of this match is unknown, but the number of spectators indicated a great interest.