Category Archives: Racism

Sterling’s Call for Action

Many fans use football as an escape from their everyday struggles. They clear their minds with pure spectacle, find awe in players’ varying levels of mastery and develop comfort in club comradery and allegiance. For fans, football is a means to achieve relaxation, joy, solace and excitement. But for many non-white players, football is often… Read More »

Implicit Bias and Athletes

Last week in discussion, we talked about the way that biases can affect how soccer players are used on the field and how they are viewed by both managers and spectators. “African Soccerscapes” by Peter Alegi pointed out that African players in European leagues are disproportionately used as strikers or in wide positions, often seen… Read More »

Brasil: Las Dificultades Dentro de 12 Años de Gloria

En “The Country of Football”, Roger Kittleson nos habla sobre el desarrollo y aspiraciones que Brasil tenía en la época de 1950, cuales se acompañaron con los decepcionantes resultados del equipo de fútbol brasileño. Después del “Maracanaço” de 1950 que los brasileños aún recuerdan hoy en día, se esperaba que el equipo por fin consiguiera… Read More »

Rainbow Colored Football Country

In a Brazilian culture where dark skinned Afro-Brazilians were “less than” the lighter skinned members of their society, they sought to move upwards and gain recognition, respect, and a sense of national identity. The best way to do this? Through football. The Afro-Brazilians thrived on the football field because they learned how to play in… Read More »

Sachin Nakrani: “Paul Pogba’s ‘pace and power’ stresses need for rethink over BAME coverage”

In an insightful opinion piece published in yesterday’s Guardian, sports writer Sachin Nakrani criticizes the tendency to write of black soccer/football players in a way that emphasizes these players’ brute strength over their technique. This kind of coverage, Nakrani argues, “feeds into narrative that follows black athletes around, namely that their primary attributes are physical rather… Read More »

Le racisme dans le football français : une analyse

Avec notre lecture « Country of Football » par Roger Kittleson, et notre discussion aujourd’hui sur les chants au stade, nous avons exploré le rôle du racisme au football. En Brésil, par exemple, les immigrants et les personnes de couleur étaient initialement exclus de jouer pour certaines équipes. Au début, pendant le 1930s, l’équipe national brésilien était… Read More »

El Racismo en el Futbol Europeo

El racismo en el deporte del fútbol, en los escenarios nacionales e internacionales, ha sido frecuente desde el comienzo de este deporte. Como se discutió previamente, en este blog y en el clase, deportes reflejan las características de la sociedad en que se están jugando, incluyendo la política, las calles y todos los sentimientos sociales.… Read More »

Lilian Thuram, activiste anti-raciste

Cette semaine, nous commençons notre lecture de l’autobiographie de Lilian Thuram, 8 juillet 1998. Dans la première partie du livre, Thuram raconte ses expériences en tant que jeune immigré guadeloupéen en France. Il décrit la cité des Fougères, une banlieue française dans laquelle il a grandi à partir de l’âge de 9 ans. Il la… Read More »

What is going on in the soccer world right now…?

In the past three days, the soccer world has been flooded with terrifying stories of soccer-related bombings, Nazi chants, and even an attempted choking on an airplane. Although I haven’t been following the sport of soccer for very long, this burst of soccer-related violence and hate is both unexpected and depressing. But if anything, these recent events of violence… Read More »