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Sport Clubs in Europe

A Cross-National Comparative Perspective

  • Christoph Breuer
  • Remco Hoekman
  • Siegfried Nagel
  • Harold van der Werff


  • Presents an up-to-date portrait of the characteristics of sport clubs in over twenty European countries

  • Provides a cross-national comparison of sport clubs in Europe

  • Contains empirical data as well as information on the political and historical backgrounds of sport clubs?


Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Remco Hoekman, Harold van der Werff, Siegfried Nagel, Christoph Breuer
    Pages 1-5
  3. Siegfried Nagel, Torsten Schlesinger, Pamela Wicker, Jo Lucassen, Remco Hoekman, Harold van der Werff et al.
    Pages 7-27
  4. Otmar Weiss, Gilbert Norden
    Pages 29-45
  5. Jeroen Scheerder, Hanne Vandermeerschen, Jeroen Meganck, Jan Seghers, Steven Vos
    Pages 47-67
  6. Jiri Novotny
    Pages 69-84
  7. Bjarne Ibsen, Karsten Østerlund, Trygve Laub
    Pages 85-109
  8. Geoff Nichols, Peter Taylor
    Pages 111-130
  9. Kristjan Port, Peeter Lusmägi
    Pages 131-146
  10. Pasi Koski, Hannu Itkonen, Kati Lehtonen, Hanna Vehmas
    Pages 147-160
  11. Sabine Chavinier-Réla, Emmanuel Bayle, Eric Barget
    Pages 161-185
  12. Christoph Breuer, Svenja Feiler, Pamela Wicker
    Pages 187-208
  13. Kostas Alexandris, Panagiota Balaska
    Pages 209-219
  14. Szilvia Perényi, Ilona Bodnár
    Pages 221-247
  15. Antonio Borgogni, Simone Digennaro, Davide Sterchele
    Pages 249-269
  16. Harold van der Werff, Remco Hoekman, Janine van Kalmthout
    Pages 271-290
  17. Paul Donnelly, Simon Shibli, Simon Toole
    Pages 291-308
  18. Ørnulf Seippel, Eivind Å. Skille
    Pages 309-324
  19. Monika Piątkowska
    Pages 325-341
  20. Josef Fahlén
    Pages 343-367

About this book


​This book presents an up-to-date portrait of the characteristics of sport clubs in various European countries and their role in society and the national sport system. Furthermore, it offers a cross-national comparative perspective of sport clubs in twenty European countries. Containing both empirical data and information on the political and historical backgrounds of sport clubs, the book is organized in three parts. First, the authors provide an overview of the theoretical approach of the book and a description of the framework used for the country chapters. Second, the country chapters, written by experts within the field, provide a systematic overview of the available information on sport clubs in each country. These chapters are structured to answer the following questions: (1) What is the position of sport clubs within the national sport structure? (2) Which role do they fulfil in policy and society? (3) What are their basic characteristics and what factors influence the development of sport clubs? The book is concluded with a systematic comparison of the participating countries with the purpose of forging a clear link between the functioning of policy systems, observed problems, and possible solutions, and with a future research agenda on sport clubs. In an era of increased collaboration between European states, sport provides a natural vehicle through which to compare changes in culture, economics, and policy across nations. Sport Clubs in Europe will appeal to scholars of nonprofit management, sports management and sports sociology as well as administrators and policy makers in the international sports community.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Christoph Breuer
    • 1
  • Remco Hoekman
    • 2
  • Siegfried Nagel
    • 3
  • Harold van der Werff
    • 4
  1. 1.German Sport UniversityCologneGermany
  2. 2.Mulier InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of Bern Office: D 162BernSwitzerland
  4. 4.Mulier InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sport Clubs in Europe
  • Book Subtitle A Cross-National Comparative Perspective
  • Editors Christoph Breuer
    Remco Hoekman
    Siegfried Nagel
    Harold van der Werff
  • Series Title Sports Economics, Management and Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sports Econ.,Mgmt,Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-17634-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36377-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-17635-2
  • Series ISSN 2191-298X
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-2998
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 435
  • Number of Illustrations 84 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic Policy
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