The hidden social and political history of the German football association (DFB), 1900-50


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Merkel, Udo (2000) The hidden social and political history of the German football association (DFB), 1900-50 Soccer and Society, 1 (2). pp. 167-186. ISSN 1466-0970

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In an attempt to present itself as an apolitical organization, leading members of the German Football Association (DFB) have repeatedly argued over the last 100 years that football and politics have to be kept apart. Consequently, there has never been a critical self-appraisal of the DFB analysing its political history. Instead the DFB's commemorative publications to its centenary are full of anecdotes, glossy pictures, statistical material and details about victories and defeats. This article will provide a critical historical overview of the DFB's early development and will focus upon the organization's political position and ideological orientation in the context of associated social conflicts, from its beginnings in 1900 to the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany in the late 1940s. It will show that the political history of the German Football Association is characterized by a high degree of ideological continuity and closeness to nationalist, militaristic and later national-socialist ideas.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N260 Sport, Leisure and Recreation Management
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/14660970008721270
Faculties: Brighton Business School
Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Service Management
Depositing User: Mrs Mercedita Hoare
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 09:39

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