Vandaag is het vijf jaar geleden dat voetballer, journalist en socioloog James Riordan is overleden.

Born in Portsmouth in 1936, James Riordan learned to speak Russian during National Service training in the Royal Air Force from 1955 to 1957. In 1960, he graduated in Russian Studies at the University of Birmingham, before qualifying as a teacher at the London Institute of Education. Taught Russian and trained as a spy in the same institution that nurtured the likes of Alan Bennett and Michael Frayn, he was posted to Berlin as part of his National Service to listen in on Soviet military communiqués. But, unbeknownst to his seniors, he began mixing with Russian servicemen, mostly through informal kick-abouts, and the passion of these idealistic young men would cultivate his interest in Russian culture, and especially communism, until it blossomed into a full-grown love affair. In 1963, Riordan studied at the Communist higher party school in Moscow as one of the few English students at the school. His autobiography Comrade Jim: The Spy Who Played for Spartak (2009) includes an account of his games for Spartak Moscow; some Russian commentators have questioned these claims.
When he returned to England he became lecturer at Bradford University before moving on to the University of Surrey at Guildford where became head of the Russian Department and was awarded a personal professorship. In 1980 he was the Olympic attache for the British Olympic Association of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He held an honorary doctorate of Grenoble University and was President (2003-5) and later Fellow of the European Committee for Sports History.
His non-fiction books include:
Sport in soviet society: development of sport and physical education in Russia and the USSR / James Riordan. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1977. (partially Birmingham, Univ., Diss.). ISBN 0-521-21284-7.
James Riordan (ed.). Sport under Communism. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1978. ISBN 0-7735-0505-9.

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Kon, Igor; Riordan, James, eds. (1993). Sex and Russian Society. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253332011.
Arnd Krüger & James Riordan (eds). The story of worker sport. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics (1996). ISBN 0-87322-874-X
Riordan, James & Arnd Krüger (eds.). The international politics of sport in the twentieth century. London: Routledge, 1999. ISBN 0-419-21160-8
James Riordan & Arnd Krüger (eds.). European cultures of sport: examining the nations and regions. Bristol: Intellect, 2003. ISBN 1-8415-0014-3
Football Stories (2004)

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But he also wrote children’s novels:
Sweet Clarinet
The Prisoner
When the Guns Fell Silent
An Illustrated Treasury of Fairy and Folk Tales
Rebel Cargo
The Woman in the Moon and Other Tales of Forgotten Heroines (1985) Dial ISBN 0-8037-0194-2
The Twelve Labours Of Hercules
The Sniper

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