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German Football
History, Culture, Society

ISBN 9780415351966
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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.


Table of Contents

1. German Football: A cultural history 2. Germany Versus Austria: Football, urbanism and national identity 3. A Tale of Two Germanys: Football culture and national identity in the GDR 4. Soccer Hooliganism in the German Democratic Republic 5. Turkish Immigrants in German Amateur Football 6. The Future of Football is Female!? On the past and present of women’s football in Germany 7. The Europeanization of German Football 8. German Football: A media-economic survey - The impact of the Kirchmedia company on football and television in Germany 9. A Game of Nations? Football and national identities 10. Fandom and Sub-cultural Media 11. Selling Sex or Dealing with History? German football in literature and film and the quest to normalize the nation 12. Germany 1974: On the eve of the goldrush 13. All around the Globus: A foretaste of the German football imagination c.2006 14. German Football: Theatre, performance, memory - A philosophical epilogue

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Professor Alan Tomlinson is Professor of Leisure Studies in the Sport and Leisure Cultures research group at the University of Brighton, UK and Head of the Chelsea School Research Centre. He is the former editor of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and author of Badfellas – FIFA Family at War.

Dr Christopher Young is Senior Lecturer in the Department of German, University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Pembroke College. He has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is the author of seven books on German language, literature and culture.


'German Football...should be required reading for all serious football-as-sociology pundits ahead of this year's World Cup.' - Andrew Baker,, 5 Januray 2006