The events in War in a Far Away Country have also affected the world of sports in Europe and North America, mainly in ice hockey and association football.

Difference from OTL

Ice hockey

  • Czechoslovakia would be a powerhouse in the late 1940s and early, as the OTL champions were not arrested and imprisoned by Communist authorities for being "state traitors".
  • With the election of Miroslav Šubrt as the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1969 (contrary to John Ahearne), the IIHF were more willing to allow professional players at the world championships. These reforms included changing the World Championships to an open format tournament, while the Winter Olympics remained an amateur tournament until 1988. A break in the NHL schedule would be introduced in February to accomodate the Pool A tournament, with an additional international break in November. The Olympic tournament would cease to count as the World and European titles, and the IIHF would would not arrange world championships in Olympic years.
  • As a result of the change of the World Championship to an open-format tournament, the Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey don't exist in this timeline. The World Championship thus enjoy more popularity in North America.
  • As Czechoslovakia in this timeline is a western democracy, their players were free to play abroad. As a result, the first Czechoslovak players joined the first Swedish and Finnish players in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the World Hockey Association (WHA) during the 1970s.
  • Similarly, this means that several of the players – like Václav Nedomanský, the Šťastný brothers etc. – joined NHL teams while continuing to play on the Czechoslovak national team, instead of defecting from Communist Czechoslovakia to the west as in OTL.
  • In this timeline, the government still focus heavily on financing talent and youth development (as Sweden and Finland still does in OTL). This is unlike in OTL, where the fall of Communism and the subsequent liberalization of the economy resulted in a reduction of subsidies in hockey youth programmes, partially hampering the development of hockey talents.
  • Due to Canada's participation in the fighting in Norway in 1940, as well as their military presence in Norway following World War II, hockey has become one of Norway's most popular sports along with handball, cross-country skiing, biathlon and ski jumping. The Norwegian players are as a result more talented, with more players in the NHL (Norway are thus more on par with OTL's Switzerland). At the World Championship, they have also won a bronze medal and a bronze medal at the European Championship.

Association football

  • As Czechoslovakia still exists in this timeline, they have the talent pools from both OTL Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Czechoslovakia thus qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2018.
  • Czechoslovakia would win the 2004 UEFA European Championship, defeating Portugal 1–0 in the final.

See also

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