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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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Only girl on the field

Only girl on the field

This article is the result of a webinar series from EuroClio which tackled football and social issues to explore how football history and society intertwine.

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Only girl on the field

Only girl on the field

This article is the result of a webinar series from EuroClio which tackled football and social issues to explore how football history and society intertwine.

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Match of Inhumanity

Match of Inhumanity

Today in 1944 football was played in the concentration camp Tezerin. What does this propaganda footage tell us about the Holocaust?

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The Match when Tito Died

The Match when Tito Died

On May 4th 1980 Yugoslav communist leader and lifelong president Marshal Tito passed away while the country was watching the game between Hajduk Split and Red Star Belgrade. Ten years later, another game siding a Croatian club against a Serbian club on May 13th 1990, had the country on the brink of collapse.

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April in Football

April in Football

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February in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

December in Football

December in Football

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One man, One vote

One man, One vote

Today in 2011 Brazilian footballer Sócrates passed away. This is a story about the role he and his team played in restoring democracy to Brazil.

November in Football

November in Football

Waiting for UEFA2020, we provided you with a 365-day #onthisday series of posts. Here is what you enjoyed reading in November!

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