FOOTBALL: THE NOT-SO BEAUTIFUL GAME
— Capital, class, fan power and nation-building — Thursday 12th July | 7pm start
FREE (sign up via Eventbrite required)
David Goldblatt (Chair — Journalist and broadcaster)
Mark Palios (Tranmere Rovers Chairman)
Cathy Long (football activist, Director at City of Liverpool FC)
Simon Hughes (Journalist)
Gilles Rof (Filmmaker)
Peter Hooton (Musician and Spirit of Shankly member)
Football has changed almost unrecognisably in recent times with unimaginable riches concentrated within the upper echelons of the sport. The impact of this on the relationship between clubs and their traditional, working class supporter base has been huge. English football has been exposed to forces of global capital in a unique way and, at the same time, states around the world seek to utilise the sport both at home and abroad as a vital platform through which to shape their own national personas.
— Featuring guests from across the world of football, media and academia and hosted across two evenings at Liverpool’s Central Library, SOCCERAMA is a free symposium to explore football through a new lens. Via a series of conversations and debates, Soccerama will unpick football’s interwoven relationship with the key global debates of our times.
Join us to explore some of the fundamental questions facing football today; How healthy and sustainable is football’s newfound wealth? What is its long-term impact on the game? Has the sport become divorced from its original social fabric? What role can fans play in shaping the game’s future? What can we learn from history when exploring the manner in which states look to utilise football as a tool of nationalism?
Yet despite these challenges, football presents a unique opportunity to engage and galvanise people, bring about real social change and challenge societal prejudices head on. From running food banks to tackling homelessness, fan groups and some clubs alike provide huge support to their local communities, acting as a true power for social change.