The author Mike Marquesee once wrote, “the beauty of football, like other games, lies in its sublime pointlessness. It is an end in itself with no higher purpose. The paradox is that precisely because it is utterly trivial, sport becomes saturated with meanings.” Today, soccer has become a realm of countless intersecting discourses bringing together voices from various fields and disciplines.
Collection Description: This collection of 269 stereoscopic glass plate negatives contains images of several sports events in the cities of Antwerp and of Ghent in the years between 1904 and 1920.
To be held at the City Football Academy, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester M11 3FF
Key Note Speakers: Chris Bolsmann, Stefan Szymanski & Matthew Taylor
The second annual International Football History Conference will take place at the City Football Academy, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester M11 3FF, England and will be held over two days (7 and 8 June 2018).
Gwendolyn Oxenham opened the 2017-18 Football Scholars Forum season with her highly original and engaging new book, Under The Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer. After sharing insights on the process of writing the book, the author grappled with a number of issues and questions.
Once again, many new and interesting publications on Lusophone Africa, including several on women and a film from Mozambique.
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Gregg Bocketti. Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2016. 320 pp. $79.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8130-6255-6.
Reviewed by Marshall C. Eakin (Vanderbilt University)
Published on H-Nationalism (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Cristian Cercel