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FIFA and the Contest for World Football Who Rules the Peoples' Game? by John Sugden, Alan Tomlinson

FIFA and the Contest for World Football Who Rules the Peoples' Game?



FIFA and the Contest for World Football Who Rules the Peoples' Game? by John Sugden, Alan Tomlinson

In FIFA and the Contest for World Football Sugden and Tomlinson provide the first full--length study of FIFA (the Federation Internationale de Football Association) and its role in framing and controlling world football. Interviewing more than seventy influential leaders world--wide and drawing on exclusive documentary sources, the authors demonstrate FIFAa s importance in twentieth--century sport, and in an increasingly global consumer culture. The first part of the book covers the origins and organizational characteristics of FIFA, and of the European and South American federations. The second part considers how new and powerful players have emerged in FIFA in the wake of the collapse of empires. The book includes analyses of footballa s contributions to the growth of nationalism and anti--imperialism; the use of football by ruthless and sometimes corrupt officials and political despots; and its expansion under the influence of increasingly prominent commercial paymasters. Footballa s role in Africa, Asia and the USA is also illuminated, and FIFAa s global mission and rhetoric evaluated. The book is a valuable addition to the politics and social history of sport, and to the sociology of the global system and the changing world order. It will be of interest to students and researchers in the areas of sport studies, cultural studies and the sociology of popular culture, and to everyone concerned with the social organization of one of the worlda s most popular sports.


I feel quite convinced that your book will arouse the interest of many readers and I have no hesitation in congratulating you in advance on its success. Dr Joao Havelange, FIFA President An academic study, but a gripping one, because the story they tell is an extraordinary one. Independent Sunday Magazine Insightful... Total Sport Interesting and extremely well--researched study of the history and workings of this shadowy organization... When Saturday Comes A fact--filled study of the history, ambitions and motives of the organisation behind the worlda s most popular sport. Highlights include chapters on Fifaa s role in the choice of the host nation and their influence over television coverage and commentators. Independent on Sunday

About the Author

John Sugden is Reader in the Sociology of Sport, and Alan Tomlinson is Professor in Sport and Leisure Studies, both at the University of Brighton.

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Publication date

14th May 1998


John Sugden, Alan Tomlinson

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Polity Press


304 pages


Sport & leisure industries
Football (Soccer, Association football)
Cultural studies



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