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Article: More than a game: football, politics and popular culture

Later this month, the Football Collective with gather at the University of Limerick to examine many of the ways in which football intersects with politics and popular culture.

Prior to this conference, Dr James Carr, Dr Martin Power and Dr Stephen Millar of the Popular Music and Popular  Culture Research Cluster, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick wrote an article for RTÉ’S Brainstorm: ‘More than a game: football, politics and popular culture’:

“Apparently football and politics shouldn’t mix, yet football has always been political. See May 13th 1990 for instance. Just weeks after parties favouring Croatian independence had won the majority of votes in an election, a riot between fans of Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb marked a game in the Maksimir Stadium. Zvonimir Boban, the Zagreb captain and future AC Milan star, kicked a police officer who had allegedly been mistreating Croatian fans. Some argue that this key moment marked the end of Yugoslavia, with a devastating civil war following soon afterwards and many of the protagonists on that day swapping the terraces for the front lines.

Clubs, players and fans are also enmeshed with politics. Clubs have been born as a result of population upheavals and migration and have been associated with ethno-national and religious communities, and political ideologies and parties.”

db8mr_rwaaa1islRead the full article at Brainstorm: www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2017/1106/917757-more-than-a-game-football-politics-and-popular-culture/

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