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Modern Football (Soccer), Local Identity and Global World

[Sovremennyi futbol, mestnaia identichnost’ i global’nyi mir]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7868/S0869541518020021

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 26.10.2017

Accepted: 18.12.2017

About author(s)

Christian Bromberger | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8231-8885 | brombergerchristian8@gmail.com | Aix-Marseille Universitd, (Jardin du Pharo, 58 Boulevard Charles Livon, 13284 Marseille, France


football, globalization, identity, modern society, soccer


The development of football (soccer) in recent years reflects one of the key paradoxes of our time: even though people’s ways of life in various countries and parts of the world are becoming increasingly similar, the sense of belonging to different local communities is at the same time being maintained if not heightened. Until the 1980-90s, it was common for football fans to take pride in their favorite team’s distinctive style of play and players who themselves would often be natives of their region or even hometown. Teams were often owned by local businessmen or authorities. In a word, sport teams and clubs were a perfect representation of local identity. Today, the connection between the team and the local area is weakened, yet feelings of affection for the team are still going strong. The article delves into this quandary as well as the reasons for football’s undying cultural popularity.


Bromberger, C. 2018. Modern Football (Soccer), Local Identity and Global World [Sovremennyi futbol, mestnaia identichnost’ i global’nyi mir]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 11-24. https://doi.org/10.7868/S0869541518020021

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