Le football comme rituel, Zidane et le cinéma expérimental

Dans son livre Le Match de football paru en 1995, l’anthropologue français Christian Bromberger analyse les passions soulevées par le football, plus particulièrement dans les villes de Marseille, Turin et Naples. Il résume les conclusions de son étude dans un article en anglais, “Football as World-View and as Ritual.” Dans ce texte, il décrit le football… Read More »

Il calcio come rito, Zidane e un film sperimentale

Nel suo libro La partita di calcio. Etnologia di una passione, l’antropologo francese Christian Bromberger interpreta la partita di calcio come una sorta di rito paradossale attraverso cui la folla dei tifosi si riconosce e si celebra come una collettività omogenea, anche se con modalità contraddittorie. Il “rito” calcistico si presta così “a una pluralità… Read More »

El Futbol como Ritual, Zidane, y el Cine Experimental

En “Football as a world-view and as ritual”, el antropólogo francés Christian Bromberger (1995) explica las razones de la gran capacidad de convocatoria del futbol. Vinculando el gran éxito de este deporte con el hecho de que evoca los valores de las sociedades modernas (como la recompensa al mérito colectivo e individual), Bromberger también destaca… Read More »

Soccer as Ritual, and Being on the Pitch with Zidane

The French anthropologist Christian Bromberger has studied and written about football games as a kind of ritual that provides an “inexhaustible terrain of interpretation” for those who participate and watch. In his French-language book “Le match de football,” he studied how crowds experienced and interpreted games in the European football heartlands of Marseille, Milan, and… Read More »

Euro 2016, ISIS, and France

On March 29th, 2016, France played Russia in the first football match to take place in the Stade de France since the terrorist attacks on November 13th. Before the game, the media coverage centered as much on the increased security presence as on the game itself. Commentators wondered: would fans feel safe returning to the… Read More »

Yugoslavia’s ‘What If’ Moment Lives On

In 1992, the Yugoslav national team finished first in their qualifying group for EURO92 and was one of the favorites to win the tournament.  Many were left in shock when a tearful Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia’s manager) resigned from his post during a press conference in Belgrade.  As the country descended into war and chaos, the… Read More »