From winning the Golden Double to the brutality in the infamous Lubyanka prison and the GULAG. Football will reveal itself much more important to their lives than the Starostins had ever imagined. Nikolai sees hope for early freedom and makes a deal with the devil.
Jim McGough founded Ajax USA, a prominent unofficial supporters club of AFC Ajax Amsterdam, which he operated from 1996 to 2007. Over the past two decades, he has conducted extensive research on the life of Eddy Hamel, the first American, and first Jewish player of AFC Ajax Amsterdam, for a book in progress. He was interviewed in 2019 by Sports Illustrated for an article about Hamel: Remember the Ringleader. He lives in California.