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Building Europe with the Ball

Turning Points in the Europeanization of Football, 1905–1995


Edited By Philippe Vonnard, Grégory Quin and Nicolas Bancel

Since 1990, football history has become increasingly important within the field of sport science, yet few studies have centred on the Europeanization of the game from the interwar period onwards. This period saw the creation of a sovereign institution dedicated to European football, the establishment of specific rules about players’ transfers and contracts and, in particular, the development of competitions.
This book examines the development of European football between 1905 and 1995 from a transnational perspective. It offers a space for discussion to both early-career and established historians from a range of different countries, leading to a better understanding of the crucial turning points in the Europeanization of the game. The volume aims to promote valuable new reflections on the role of football in the European integration process.


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Acknowledgements vii Nicolas Bancel, Grégory Quin and Philippe Vonnard Introduction: Studying the Europeanization of Football in Historical Perspective 1 Part I The First Europeanization: A Pre-European Football Sphere (1910s to the 1940s) 19 Paul Dietschy 1 Football during the Belle Époque: The First ‘Europe of football’ (1903–1914) 21 Grégory Quin 2 Central Europe Rules European Football: The ‘Golden Age’ of Regional Connections in European Football (1926–1938) 53 Matthew Taylor 3 English Football and ‘the Continent’ Reconsidered (1919–1960) 75 Part II The Second Europeanization: A European Turning Point (1930s to the 1960s) 99 Nicola Sbetti 4 The Quest for Legitimacy: The Road to Redemption for Italian Football in Europe after the Second World War (1943–1949) 101 Xavier Breuil 5 Football and the Construction of a European Area in the East: Ruptures and Continuities after 1945 121 vi Kevin Tallec Marston 6 ‘Sincere Camaraderie’: Professionalization, Politics and the Pursuit of the European Idea at the International Youth Tournament (1948–1957) 137 Part III The Third Europeanization: The New Stakes of European Football (1950s to the 1990s) 163 Philippe Vonnard 7 How did UEFA Govern the European Turning Point in Football? UEFA, the European Champion Clubs’ Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Projects (1954–1959) 165 Manuel Schotté 8 ‘To live well is to live concealed’: Confined Relations between UEFA and the European Community in the 1970s and 1980s 187 Jérôme Berthoud and Stanislas Frenkiel 9 The African Turning Point in European Football: Immigration Experiences...

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