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Kosovo national team approved for play

Kosovo national team approved for play

After prolonged reluctance, FIFA approved the participation of the Kosovo national football team in friendly matches with its 208 member countries, but then suspended its decision due to protest from the Serbian Federation. Behind closed doors at the annual FIFA Congress, held in May in Budapest, President Sepp Blatter announced the initial decision after a […]

European Football Championship Public Viewing Areas

European Football Championship Public Viewing Areas

That fabled season is once again upon us, as crowds gather in public spaces to wait for the moment a ball hits the back of a net. Yes, the European Football Championship kicks off 8 June when Poland hosts Greece at 18:00. Following the rousing success of the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, […]

National Pride

In 2006, when Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup, football fans around the globe saw a different German people. With Germany flags waving and fans getting teary-eyed during the national anthem, the sentiments were clear. This sport gave Germans the licence to be proud of their nationality again – a trait that had long been […]

Book Review: Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain

Book Review: Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain

Football Ever on Stage On 8 June, Euro 2012, the quadrennial European Football Championships will kick off in Poland, captivating audiences around the world for three weeks until the final is staged in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. It is thus the perfect time to pick up Behind the Iron Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football […]

Book Review: Football, The Other Viennese School

Book Review: Football, The Other Viennese School

How coffeehouse culture and football combined to create a “Golden Age” of Austrian sports between the wars The following is based on two excellent books on the history and origins of Viennese football:  Inverting the Pyramid, by Jonathan Wilson and European Heroes: Myth, Identity, Sport  Richard Holt, J.A.Mangan, Pierre Lanfranchi, eds The passion that enlivens derbies […]

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