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New and meaningful ways

Football gives as an opportunity to explore the 20th and early 21st century history – full of migration, conflict and change – in new and meaningful ways.

– Gijsbert Oonk (Historian at Erasmus University Rotterdam)

History

Some would say history is just one damned thing after the other, that it should be put to rest in the past and that bygones should be bygones.

These people are not necessarily wrong, but in an ever-complex world of globalised societies and rising exclusivist identity-politics, the stories we tell ourselves about the past help us define ourselves in the present and orient toward an unpredictable future.

Football

Some would say football is nothing more than 22 people chasing a ball around a pitch for 90 minutes.

Also those people are not necessarily wrong, but history is made up of whatever people have come to value, and certainly football – a game played and watched by billions for over 100 years – seems highly valued.

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Seen from the Valley

Seen from the Valley

Football in India arose from the presence of British troops, but the game that could unite, was later eclipsed by cricket. A local story from India.

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Seen from the Valley

Seen from the Valley

Football in India arose from the presence of British troops, but the game that could unite, was later eclipsed by cricket. A local story from India.

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October in Football

October in Football

As the UEFA 2020 European Championships got pushed ahead one year, we provide you with a 365-day #onthisday series of posts to help all fans out there to go back in time, think, and reflect.

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Football without frontiers for a Europe without borders

Football without frontiers for a Europe without borders

On this day in the year 2000, the final of the first European Championship co-hosted by two countries was played. The idea to host such an event together is an example of the 1990s momentum in European cooperation. Euro2020, now postponed till 2021, is co-hosted by 12 European cities. This is the story of crossing borders.

When fans sing together for joy

When fans sing together for joy

On this day in 2016, Northern Irish and Irish fans received a medal for exemplar behaviour. An important moment for the countries, as well as in the history of the European Nations Cup. This is the story of the remarkable fans of Northern Ireland and Ireland. It is a story about football innovation and bridging countries.

July in football history

July in football history

As the UEFA 2020 European Championships got pushed ahead one year, the team of Football Makes History will provide you with a 365-day #onthisday series of posts to help all fans out there to go back in time, think, and reflect.

Puskás: a political refugee in Europe

Puskás: a political refugee in Europe

On this day, the Puskás stadium would have hosted a Euro2020 match. Being postponed for one year, we have a chance to go into the history of the European Nations Cup, which is full of remarkable stories and people. This is the story of a star player and a European political refugee.

Black and white in the orange

Black and white in the orange

On this day at the Euro2020, an inclusive Dutch team would have played in Amsterdam. Something of a contrast with the Dutch team who lost to France 24 years ago on this date during the Euro1996. An opportunity to use football as a lens into changes in Dutch society, the role of footballers and a look ahead.

The first Euro’s amidst Cold War tensions

The first Euro’s amidst Cold War tensions

On this day, 20 June 2020, France was supposed to play a Euro2020 game in the city of Budapest. The Euro2020 tournament is postponed for one year, which gives us a chance to go into the history of the European Nations Cup, which is full of remarkable stories and people. This is the story of the first tournament. It is a story about the legacy of the Cold War.

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