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Fan protest and activism: football ‘from below’ in South-Eastern Europe

By Dario Brentin & Andrew Hodges We are happy to announce the publication of a guest-edited Soccer & Society special issue, which focuses on fan protest, activism and struggles in South-Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on the post-Yugoslav region. It... Continue Reading →

CALL FOR PAPERS ‘Regionalism and Nationalism in Contemporary International Sport’

The first International Conference of the joint PSA/ In  the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy will take place at the University of Vic in Catalonia in Partnership with Southampton Solent University, England on Thursday, June 29th and Friday, June 30th... Continue Reading →

‘90-minute patriots’ and contemporary Scottish politics: exploring the nature of unionism, nationalism and political support amongst Scottish football supporters

By Stuart Whigham   The prospect of Scottish independence has remained a salient issue within the domain of Scottish and British politics, despite the failure of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) to achieve sufficient electoral support for the proposition... 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 →

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 →

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 →

The Other World Cup – Football Across Borders

The Football Collective conference guests were fortunate to view this incredible and insightful film from Dr Joel Rookwood. This is one to watch.    The Other World Cup - Football Across Borders from joel rookwood on Vimeo. Read more about... Continue Reading →

Political economy and football formation: Toward a labour process analysis of the work of footballers

Gavin Maclean of Edinburgh Napier University presents his research on Political economy and football formation: Toward a labour process analysis of the work of footballers. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Film: Mike Green – European Football Journal

Mike Green from Hartpury College presents insight into the European Football Journal. The journal is set to host its first event at St Georges Park on 4 May 2017. Book on the event here. The event was held at FC... Continue Reading →

The Politics of the Poppy Ban

By Dr Danny Fitzpatrick @DFitz_Politics Despite appeals from the respective football associations of England and Scotland, FIFA has refused to allow players of both teams to display poppies on their shirts during the World Cup qualifier at Wembley tonight. The... Continue Reading →

….this months forgotten news

By Paul Kitchin Amid the furore over greed in the beautiful game, the fact that nearly 1/3 of Premier League clubs are expected to fail to meet a ‘Pledge’ they made to disabled fans gets lost in the old news... Continue Reading →

‘The other World Cup: Football across borders’ film announced for Future Football conference

We are delighted to announced the Future Football: a design for life, conference will feature a new film by Dr Joel Rookwood. An overview of the film is provided below and will no-doubt be a highlight of the day and... Continue Reading →

If the Britain of today was a football club

By Joel Rookwood  The football club you have supported all your life has become increasingly polarised, in terms of how it is run and how the supporters relate to it. A few seasons ago the club were considered by some... Continue Reading →

Hillsborough inquest rights the wrongs, but now attitudes towards fans must change

Dr Dave Webber presents his contribution in The Conversation from 27 April 2016 originally poster here. The Hillsborough disaster of April 1989 shook British football to its core, but such was the terrible state of Britain’s decrepit, overcrowded, poorly policed... Continue Reading →

WWII remembrance, rituals and political extremism in Croatian football – The case of “Za dom spremni”

By Dario Brentin Last week most European national football teams played a number of friendly international games as part of their preparations for the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France. One game in particularly within this cycle stood out from... Continue Reading →

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