Milestones in the Development of Football Fandom in Germany: Global Impacts on Local Contests


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Merkel, Udo (2007) Milestones in the Development of Football Fandom in Germany: Global Impacts on Local Contests Soccer and Society, 8 (2/3). pp. 221-239. ISSN 1466-0970

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This paper provides a systematic and chronological account of the development of football fandom in Germany focussing upon the social and cultural changes both the sport and the spectators have gone through. After a short analysis of the working class origins of German fan culture, the paper deals with several significant post-World War II developments, in particular the impact and significance of winning the first World Cup title 1954 and the changing and increasingly complex relationship between clubs, players and supporters in the aftermath of the late professionalisation and commercialisation. Particular attention will be paid to the colourful and conspicuous, activities and sub-cultural styles of contemporary young fans. Overall, football in Germany has been largely inclusive rather than exclusive since clubs have successfully avoided alienating fans through pay-TV, absurdly inflated ticket prices and kick-off times tailored to suit media interests.

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): 10.1080/14660970701224426
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 09:37

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