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The Global Football League

Transnational Networks, Social Movements and Sport in the New Media Age


Part of the Global Culture and Sport book series (GCS)

About this book


This book tackles issues of globalization in the English Premier League and unpicks what this means to fan groups around the world, drawing upon a range of sociological theories to tell the story of the local and global repertoires of action emanating from the popular protests at Liverpool and Manchester United football clubs.


globalization media Nation New Media sociology Sport sports Transnational

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityUK

About the authors

PETER MILLWARD is a Lecturer in Applied Social Science at Durham University, UK. He has published widely in areas relating to sociological dimensions of contemporary football fandom, explicitly including the political economy of sport and issues pertaining to cultural identifications amongst football fans.

Bibliographic information


"Peter Millward has written a lucid and compellingly argued book on the English Premier League as precisely 'the global football league' these days, a book which is certain to become a classic piece of the growing literature on football in its relation to wider socio-political developments. It is a must-read for the academic audience, but also has to offer the generally football-interested public a lot. [ ] Millward's book is a brilliant, knowledgeable, thoroughly readable and fascinating piece of work. It is certain to spur further research while already becoming one of the key texts to be referenced and used as a guide for such research." - Sport & EU Review

"The seemingly ever-quickening pace of globalisation processes means that keeping pace with their multiple impacts on sport cultures can be challenging. Millward, therefore, provides a timely and useful contribution in conducting a series of case studies concerning three football clubs (Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City) as emblematic of the most global sports 'brand' in the world; the English Premier League (EPL)." - Managing Leisure