Fascism and Football

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A BBC documentary from 2003 on how the three primary fascist dictators of the 20th century – Hitler, Mussolini and Franco – each made football a pillar of their propaganda and ensured that they controlled the sport in their respective countries.

The film uses rare archived footage and features contributions from former stars of the game as well as distinguished Historians, they tell stories of corruption, intimidation, sabotage and murder carried out by regimes to ensure that they kept a firm grip on one of their most valuable propaganda tools to obtain and then retain power.

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