"football" blog posts

Blue and Gold Passion — A History of Boca Juniors

Posted on: 21 August 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Cover of Blue and Gold Passion by Daniel Williamson

What is it like to start a career in writing and journalism after you graduate? Daniel Williamson (Latin American Studies, 2014) tells us how his studies in Liverpool and Year Abroad in Argentina inspired him to write about football, resulting in his recently published book 'Blue and Gold Passion: A History of Boca Juniors'.


Watch an exclusive interview with Pep Guardiola and his Q&A from this year's E. Allison Peers Symposium

Posted on: 20 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Pep Guardiola

In November 2018 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola visited the University of Liverpool for a special Q&A as part of the E. Allison Peers Symposium. The wide-ranging discussion touched upon his incredible career as a player and manager, his engagement with Catalan culture and politics, plans for the future, and advice for today's youth. Check out our exclusive interview with Pep before the event, watch his Q&A and get a view of how the evening unfolded through the lens of social media.


Was there a World Cup without Italy?

Posted on: 19 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Buffon reacts after crashing out of World Cup qualifying.

The 2018 World Cup came to an end on Sunday having seen many surprises: the elimination of top teams, such as Germany, Spain and Argentina, in the early stages as well as England reaching the semi-finals, and Croatia their first final, losing to France, who won their second title after twenty years.


Filming the Footy

Posted on: 29 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

If you’re reading this, I guess that, for you, watching big football moments like the Euro Championship or the World Cup, is a cinematic experience. A story told on a screen. At just over an hour and a half the narrative arc of a game plays out across much the same timescale as an average feature film. And although the constraints are very different, cameras are cameras and their vocabulary is structured by their capabilities: to come in close, to sweep across space, to focus on everything in their field or to blur out all but the centre of interest. What is a football game, considered as a film?


France and football since 1998

Posted on: 18 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

France 1998 World Cup

France’s World Cup victory in 1998 was seen not only as a sporting triumph, but as a political, social and cultural one as well. In one of the lectures I give on the French Fifth Republic, as part of our first-year Introduction to French Studies module, I always include some discussion of France’s World Cup win. It’s always at this point in the lecture when I start to feel old, realising that our students are either too young to remember the World Cup of 1998, or weren’t even born!


Germany and the language of football

Posted on: 14 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Frank Beckenbauer (AP)

Veronika Koeper-Saul discusses the linguistic idiosyncrasies that have arisen from perspectives of the beautiful game in Germany: from 1954 World Cup winning manager Sepp Herberger's blunt motivational words, to former Bayern Munich manager Giovanni Trappatoni's infamous press conference rant.