The 1974 and 2006 World Cups in Germany: Commonalities, Continuities and Changes


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Merkel, Udo (2006) The 1974 and 2006 World Cups in Germany: Commonalities, Continuities and Changes Soccer and Society, 7 (1). pp. 14-28. ISSN 1466-0970

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This essay intends to provide a comparative analysis of key social, political and cultural issues on the German agenda in the build-up to the two World Cups in 1974 and 2006 and to identify commonalities, continuities and differences between them. In order to fully understand the social, political and cultural significance of these two World Cups, four crucial issues need to be addressed: first, the relatively late commercialization and professionalization of German football from mid-1960s onwards; second, a major corruption scandal at the beginning of the 1970s and, again, in 2005; third, the parallel existence of two German states between 1949 and 1990 against the background of Cold War politics; and finally, the tragic legacy of hosting major sport events, such as the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and 1972 Games in Munich. Despite the three decades between these two World Cups, the essay argues, there are a number of surprising commonalities and continuities.

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): 10.1080/14660970500355553
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 09:38

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