Produced by Students at Duke University in the Fall of 2009
These pages were written by students in Duke’s “World Cup and World Politics” class during the Fall term of 2009. The students all initially wrote individual research papers, and based on these papers we formed groups around the topics below. They then collectively produced these web pages. Please do not quote or draw from these essays without proper citation. The authors for each web page are noted at the beginning of the main page for each topic. To access the cites click on the page descriptions below or the links to the right.
Explore the History, Politics and Economics of the sport in Africa from colonialism to the present and look ahead to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa
by Katie Greenstreet, Cole Grossman, Nelson De Oliveira, and Robert Weaver
Learn about the history of football in Brazil through the biographies of great players: Friedenreich, El Garrincha, Pelé, Ronaldo and Kaká
by Federica Burelli, James Goldberg, Steve Johnson, Kayla Kirk, Chris Straka, and Quentin Ybarra
Delve into the roots and history of one of the greatest footballing rivalries on the globe: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
by Austin Esecson, Remy Lupica, and Neel Muthana
Follow the careers and controveries surrounding of some of the greatest players in recent European history: Beckenbauer, Keane, Cantona and Henry.
by Will Burke, Christophe Lafargue, Lucas Lallinger, Chris Senior and Andrew Wenger
Learn about the uses of and struggles over football in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Communist Hungary
by Hilah Almog, Emma Anspach, and Taylor Spragens
A critical analysis of the coaches, managers, players, and back-room deals that make today’s European football industry work
by David Lue, Sabreena Merchant, Jeffrey Nash, and Ethan Settel
The history and politics of football in Iran, Iraq and Turkey, and an exploration of women’s soccer in the region
by Velihan Erdogdu, Risa Isard, Brian Kim, and Danny Mammo
Learn about the legal implications of the Bosman ruling and follow controversies and debates surrounding players of immigrant background in France and Sweden
by David Carlson and Aron Yassin
Explore the intersection of politics and football in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay
by Will Flaherty, Courtney Ginn, Langley King, David Levine and David Nammour
From the nineteenth century to the present, an exploration of the history and passions surrounding Scottish football
by Bradford Colbert, Tran King, and Cullen Sinclair
Soccer has struggled to find a place in the professional sports of the U.S. Why? What does the future hold?
by Julia Fogleman, Lucas Nevola and Kelsey Ontko
In 1969, a qualifying World Cup match between El Salvador and Honduras started a war
by Claire Lockerby, Steven McMullen and Yuriy Veytskin
After 2014 in Brazil, who will host these future world cups? Find out about the process and its history and the current bids
by Stephanie Decker and Umberto Playa
Learn about the development of women’s soccer, relive the 1999 World Cup, and explore the past and future of professional Women’s Soccer
by Gretchen Miller, Jon Scheyer, and Emily Sherrard
Zinedine Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants, became an hero and commercial icon in France after clinching the 1998 World Cup for France
by Sarah Murphy and Alex Tschumi
We welcome comments, critiques and suggestions. Enjoy!