Governance, Citizenship and the New European Football Championships

Governance, Citizenship and the New European Football Championships

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Over the past decade, European football has seen tremendous changes impacting upon its international framework as well as local traditions and national institutions. Processes of Europeanization in the fields of economy and politics provided the background for transformations of the production and consumption of football on a transnational scale. In the course of such rearrangements, football tournaments like the UEFA Championship or the European Champions League turned into mega-events and media spectacles attracting ever-growing audiences. The experience of participating in these events offers some of the very few occasions for the display and embodiment of identities within a European context. This volume takes the 2008 EUROs hosted by Austria and Switzerland as a case study to analyze the political and cultural significance of the tournament from a multidisciplinary angle. What are the special features and spatial arrangements of a UEFAesque Europe, in comparison to alternative possibilities of a Europe? Situating the sport tournament between interpretations of collective European ritual and European spectacle, the key research question will ask what kind of Europe was represented in the cultural, political and economic manifestations of the 2008 EUROs. This book was published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.The German Football Association (DFB) a#39;cautiouslya#39; projected proceeds of an equivalent of a‚n250, 000.37 They were wrong. ... The British Daily Mail spoke of a#39; football melancholya#39;, the French La#39;Equipe pointed out only the finala#39;s a#39;European formata#39; and Dutch newspapers were of the ... Franchi argued for a European Championship in the form of play-offs, but with a knockout system a#39;so that boring 0-0anbsp;...

Title:Governance, Citizenship and the New European Football Championships
Author:Wolfram Manzenreiter, Georg Spitaler
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-09-13


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