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Soccer, Cosmopolitanism, and Nationalism

The cosmopolitan tradition is rooted in the very history of soccer. At the end
of the nineteenth century the game’s appeal came directly from its simplicity
and its universalism; soccer became then a symbol of modernity and was
directly linked to the free-market ideology. However, together with this internationalist
trend, in many countries soccer also became the ideal expression of
nationalist feelings. By distinguishing between the clubs’ economic interests
and the autonomy of national teams, it is possible to combine two antithetic
models; the great corporations following the dictates of the market and national
teams relatively independent from economic concerns. It is thanks to this
dualism that the passion for football games, which are a mixture of the essential
and the derisory, survives all around the world.


Référence électonique : Pierre LANFRANCHI, "Soccer, Cosmopolitanism, and Nationalism", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°101, 101 - Le football, p.15-25 . Consulté le 2021-10-16 07:14:10 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Soccer-Cosmopolitanism-and.html