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

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


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FIFA and the Contest for World Football Who Rules the People's 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 FIFA'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 football'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. Football's role in Africa, Asia and the USA is also illuminated, and FIFA'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 world'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 world's most popular sport. Highlights include chapters on Fifa's role in the choice of the host nation and their influence over television coverage and commentators. Independent on Sunday
When Rupert Murdoch told Havelange, the President of FIFA for nearly a quarter of a century, that he would like to meet him but could only spare him 15 minutes, Havelange replied that he was in Los Angeles to watch a football match but Murdoch could come and see him in his office in Zurich. That was the last he heard from Mr Murdoch. As Havelange explained, 'I am important, but FIFA is important also and people should respect FIFA. I, as President, made Mr Murdoch respect FIFA in a certain way.
This is one of the many fascinating insights into the power, personalities and money which permeates every level of football

's governing body. Sugden and Tomlinson in their exhaustive study, have produced one of the most comprehensive and important books to be published on the politics of football. (Kirkus UK)'

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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Book Info

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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