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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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Manuel Schotté: 8 ‘To live well is to live concealed’: Confined Relations between UEFA and the European Community in the 1970s and 1980s

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MANUEL SCHOTTÉ

8 ‘To live well is to live concealed’: Confined Relations between UEFA and the European Community in the 1970s and 1980s

Introduction

The Bosman ruling – a decision handed down in 1995 by the European Court of Justice1 that stated that certain UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) rules that restricted the free movement of professional footballers2 were unlawful – is undoubtedly one of the most well known and most debated judicial decisions ever taken at European level. But more than the notoriety of this judgment, it is the consensus of those debates that is most striking. Virtually every analysis, be it in the public sphere or in academia, regards it as a radical departure from how football,3 even professional sport as a whole, had operated up to that point.4

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