This topical book provides unprecedented analysis of football's place in post-war and post-reunification Germany.
The expert team of German and British contributors offers wide-ranging perspectives on the significance of football in German sporting and cultural life, showing how it has emerged as a focus for an expression of German national identity and pride in the post-war era.
Some of the themes examined include:
- footballing expressions of local, regional and national identity
- ethnic dynamics, migrant populations and Europeanization
- German football’s commercial economy
- women’s football.
Key moments in the history of German football are also explored, such as the victories in 1954, 1972 and 1990, the founding of the Bundesliga, and the winning bid for the 2006 World Cup.
Notes on contributors
Preface German football: history, culture, society
ALAN TOMLINSON AND CHRISTOPHER YOUNG
Chapter 1 German football: a cultural history
Chapter 2 Germany versus Austria: football, urbanism and national identity
Chapter 3 A tale of two Germanys: football culture and national identity in the GDR
MARKUS HESSELMANN AND ROBERT IDE
Chapter 4 Soccer hooliganism in the German Democratic Republic
Chapter 5 Turkish immigrants in German amateur football
Chapter 6 The future of football is female!? – on the past and present of women’s football in Germany
Chapter 7 The Europeanisation of German football
ALEXANDER BRAND AND ARNIE NIEMANN
Chapter 8 German football – a media-economic survey: the impact of the Kirchmedia company on football and television in Germany
Chapter 9 A game of nations? Football and national identities
Chapter 10 Fandom and sub-cultural media
Chapter 11 Selling sex or dealing with history? German football in literature and film and the quest to normalize the nation
PAUL COOKE AND CHRISTOPHER YOUNG
Chapter 12 Germany 1974: on the eve of the goldrush
Chapter 13 All around the Globus: a foretaste of the German football imagination c.2006
Chapter 14 German football: theatre, performance, memory. A philosophical epilogue
'German Football...should be required reading for all serious football-as-sociology pundits ahead of this year's World Cup.' - Andrew Baker, telegraph.co.uk, 5 Januray 2006