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European Football and Collective Memory

  • Wolfram Pyta
  • Nils Havemann

Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

About this book


Is it possible for football matches or players to help forge a collective European identity? Pyta and Haverman seek to answer this question through a detailed analysis of how football is remembered across the continent. European Football and Collective Memory is the first book to deal with collective memory of football on a continental scale.


Collective Memory European Football European Football Competitions George Best Real Madrid UEFA Wembley Goal Europe identity media memorial culture memory Nation

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfram Pyta
    • 1
  • Nils Havemann
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StuttgartGermany

About the editors

Seweryn Dmowski, University of Warsaw, Poland Borja García-García, Loughborough University, UK Michael Groll, German Sport University Cologne, Germany Geoff Hare, Independent Scholar, UK Markwart Herzog, Swabian Academy of Irsee, Germany Clemens Kech, Pro Heraldica, Germany Ramon Llopis Goig, University of Valencia, Spain Agustín Martín, Diario AS, Spain Jean Christophe Meyer, University of Strasbourg, France Jürgen Mittag, German Sport University Cologne, Germany David Ranc, ESSCA, France Tobias Werron, University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Bibliographic information


“A volume … ties together several different strands from the founding mythology of footballing and political Europe. Much of what is discussed in this volume has continued relevance for academics using football to try to make sense of the contemporary political context of ‘Europe’.” (Matthew L. McDowell,, May 17, 2019)