Snow on the Seats – a unique journey through Russian football

The World Cup. The greatest show on Earth. And, often, the most controversial. Ever since Sepp Blatter produced Russia’s name from a brown envelope, the 2018 edition has polarized opinions. But what is it like watching football in Russia? And how much have the preparations for the global goal-fest changed the game?

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Fan banner in support of the Russia 2018 bid, displayed before a World Cup 2010 qualifier in Moscow.

Experienced sports writer and long-time Moscow resident Andy Potts tried to find out. Based on almost a decade of watching football in Russia – everywhere from the imposing Luzhniki Stadium to the byways of the lower divisions, ‘Snow on the Seats’ is a uniquely personal journey through the world’s most popular sport. Combining a rich and sometimes complex history with a lively eye for the current state of play, the trip uncovers everything from Soviet-era political intrigues to the uneasy modern-day relationship between fans and the authorities. Plus, Russia being Russia, there’s plenty of weird stuff, from a military museum spilling into the stands of an unfinished stadium to the team ordered not to take promotion.

Snow on the Seats is available for download to Kindle devices and a bargain at £3.49, it’s a unique look at this year’s World Cup host. Find it on Amazon

Praise for ‘Ancients & Mariners’, by the same author

“It’s engaging, affectionate and … unmissable” – The Northern Echo

“Like many great sports books, this has little to do with the game, but more to do with the people. Well worth a read.” – Reader review

“Well worth a dozen gravy bones” – Heaton Stan Harry

Special offer – Ancients & Mariners now available at the greatly reduced price of 99p! Get your copy at Amazon.

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Any publications looking for more information about my books are very welcome to contact me via the form below. I’ll be happy to provide more information about my work and my time in Russia. Photos are also readily available.

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