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)
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.
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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Michel Platini as a player he was one the greatest but as president of FIFA his career got mired in controversy and scandals. His story is one about politics, globalisation and corruption.
Migration from shanty town to global fame and struggle.
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