Bulgaria and the secret service

“During the years of the Cold War, the Eastern European secret services were involved in all aspects of everyday life. Football, the greatest social phenomenon of the 20th century, was not an exception. Behind the Iron Curtain, the beautiful game was under the command of a system of departmental clubs. In every Eastern European country, the main derby was between clubs of the army and the interior ministry – with many clubs taking their name from the associated departments, with the club’s associated to the police being named Dinamo (e.g. Kiev, Tbilisi, Bucharest, and Zagreb). The degree of intervention from the secret service depended upon the specificities of the regime.” Slavic Football Union

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