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Building Europe with the Ball

Turning Points in the Europeanization of Football, 1905–1995

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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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Kevin Tallec Marston: 6 ‘Sincere Camaraderie’: Professionalization, Politics and the Pursuit of the European Idea at the International Youth Tournament (1948–1957)

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KEVIN TALLEC MARSTON

6 ‘Sincere Camaraderie’: Professionalization, Politics and the Pursuit of the European Idea at the International Youth Tournament (1948–1957)1

Introduction

Overall, the 1956 International Youth Tournament had gone well save for two issues, one political and one philosophical. On the political front, 31 March 1956 had been a trying day for Dr Mihailo Andrejevic. Eleven months earlier the FIFA Executive Committee member had cosigned, with Constantin Constantaras, the Greek FA President, a letter of support for Turkey’s admission into UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), which was presented to the confederation’s Congress in Lisbon.2 A year later at the International Youth Tournament in Hungary Andrejevic found himself pleading with the Greek delegates to play their match against Turkey. The Greek delegation was in possession of a written statement from their association and refused to play, causing Andrejevic to deplore ‘their attitude, absolutely contrary to the principles of sport and Olympism’.3 How this must have hurt Andrejevic to the core, a man who had laboured across football borders for so many years, served as President of the Balkan Cup which had included both Turkey and Greece – though never together – and whose credo was ‘Equal rights and duties for all members of FIFA, without racial, religious or political discrimination. FIFA has to collaborate in harmony with all sport organizations.’4

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