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Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation

Edited by Christian Brandt, Fabian Hertel, Sean Huddleston About the Book, which can be accessed here. Football is undoubtedly the sport with the largest following in the world, attracting billions of fans across the globe. These fans play an integral... Continue Reading →

The Sarajevo Derby: The Documentary

By Dr Joel Rookwood My latest documentary is based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on one of the most atmospheric football derbies in Europe, contested in one of the most absorbing cities on the continent. The Sarajevo Derby is a film... Continue Reading →

The Feminization of Sports Fandom: A Sociological Study – new book publication

By Stacey Pope Watching professional sport is important for women for so many reasons, but their expectations and experiences have been largely ignored in sociological work to date. Most studies focus exclusively on male football fans and are typically focused... Continue Reading →

Gabon 2017 – The Cup of African Nations

By Dr Joel Rookwood - @JoelRookwood The Cup of African Nations has been staged at fluctuating intervals since its inception in 1957, from an annual to quadrennial basis, across 19 different states. CAF – the Confederation of African football –... Continue Reading →

Building International Relationships through Social Media Marketing: A Netnography of Football Communities

Alex Fenton - Building International Relationships through Social Media Marketing: A Netnography of Football Communities. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Anni Peki – Football Fans as Social Activists and Good Citizens

Anni Peki offers us an insight into her PhD research on Football Fans as Social Activists and Good Citizens. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Social media and international fans

By Alex Fenton Over the last couple of years, I’ve been using digital tools to analyse and interview football fans from all over the world to ask them about their experiences. This is part of my PhD research into online football communities.... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Fans

By Paul Kitchin Ulster University On the 16th of January the Culture, Media and Sports Committee published their 5th report in this sitting on the Accessibility of Sport Stadia.  In this post this report is briefly summarised and the implications... Continue Reading →

Football Fandom

Alison Bambridge and Jack Bullock present their research on Football Fandom. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

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