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The path of European football: a level playing field for only 90 minutes

Der Pfad des europäischen Fußballs: ein gerechtes Spiel für lediglich 90 Minuten
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Barsch, Katharina


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Abstract Football in Europe has an apparent trend towards unfairness. This contribution takes a coherent theoretical approach to explain this trend. On that account, it creates a framework on the special characteristics of sport and, in that light, evaluates interventions by European institutions concerning the governance of European football. In a next step, reproductive mechanisms inherent to path dependent processes will be specified within a multi-layered analytical framework. It will be shown that these mechanisms are interspersed throughout the system of European football and foster the trend of unfairness in regard to the relationships between success, money, and power. Empirically statistical evidence will show that football clubs within leagues, on an international level, as well as leagues in comparison to each other are drifting apart in terms of success. Furthermore, an additional qualitative approach will shed light on the mechanisms concerning power and how these influence the rules of the game on an organizational level. All in all it, will be demonstrated that path dependence is inherent to European football and that the European Union has interfered unguidedly in the system of football triggering consequences contrary to its vision of sport.
Keywords soccer; EU; sports; reproduction; success; fairness; path dependence; power; money; organizations; justice
Classification Leisure Research
Free Keywords Champions League
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 221-254
Journal Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 4
Issue topic Football history: selected contributions to sport in society
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works