Players and Migration

By Aron Yassin & David Carlson


Through the lenses of club and national football, we are able to gain a better understanding of how the migration of professional football players has impacted the world’s most cherished game. Football has been shaped by the broader geopolitical dynamics of the modern age. Navigating through the channels of globalization, football players have found themselves overseas and on all corners of the globe, dramatically changing the way societies value the contributions of foreigners.  These foreigners come in multiple ways, including both being part of immigrant families and being bought on the club team transfer market.  We explore the club side and the implication of player transfer and its laws in Player Movement, Club Football, and the National Game. Additionally, we explore the fluid nature of modern society and nationality by examining both the French national team in 1998 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s role in Sweden.

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  1.   Patricia Spearson 08 Oct 2013 at 1:05 am 1

    I would like to edit this page. There is much to be discussed in regards to football and migration, and while the page explores very well the way that societies view their foreign players, there is also much to be said as to how players identify with countries they play for and countries they are from. I’m in the french section and it would be interesting to explore the experiences of french-speaking African players on the French national team.

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