US Soccer in Scandinavia

US Soccer in Scandinavia

Today in 1916, the US Soccer team played their first international football match. In the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm they beat their Swedish hosts 3 – 2.

Birth of nations

Birth of nations

On this day in 1930, the first ever World Cup got underway in Uruguay. It marked a special period in the development of nationalism.

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.

A World in Motion

A World in Motion

Today in 1966, England won the World Cup. This represented a key moment of change, both in post-war Britain and for the post-colonial politics unfolding across the globe.

Jean-Marc Bosman: Revolutionary who set footballers free

Jean-Marc Bosman: Revolutionary who set footballers free

Jean-Marc Bosman was an obscure player for Liege, wanting a transfer to Dunkerque. His club refused, but the European Court of Justice ruled that trade was restrained in this way. Now players could negotiate free transfers as they chose. His story is one of legal change, commercialisation and globalisation.