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The academic treatment for English-speakers who get that soccer is more than gamedays, stars and goals. Who wonder about the histories, subcultures and politics that make the game so different from many American sports cultures; and who care about a critical take on soccer as a global capitalist machine. A European-guided journey, with one expert "visiting professor" each episode. 

The Assistant Professor of Football: Soccer, Culture, History‪.‬ Philipp Gollner

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The academic treatment for English-speakers who get that soccer is more than gamedays, stars and goals. Who wonder about the histories, subcultures and politics that make the game so different from many American sports cultures; and who care about a critical take on soccer as a global capitalist machine. A European-guided journey, with one expert "visiting professor" each episode. 

    Summer Round-Up: Sturm Graz, GAK, Degerfors, 1860, Bayern Munich, Olympique Marseille, FC St. Gallen, Bundesliga Investors, Football Tourism

    Summer Round-Up: Sturm Graz, GAK, Degerfors, 1860, Bayern Munich, Olympique Marseille, FC St. Gallen, Bundesliga Investors, Football Tourism

    NEW: send me a text message! (I'd love to hear your thoughts - texts get to me anonymously, without charge or signup) The end of Season 2 of The Assistant Professor of Football is nigh, and we check in with guests from the last year to hear how their club, cause or research have been doing. Here are, in order: Peter K Wagner on Sturm Graz’s sensational champions league and cup winning seasonFabio Schaupp, also from Graz, on the promotion of Graz’s other team, GAK, to the Austrian Bundesl...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Support Your Local Club! Goshen City FC, and Semi-Professional Soccer in Small-Town America

    Support Your Local Club! Goshen City FC, and Semi-Professional Soccer in Small-Town America

    NEW: send me a text message! (I'd love to hear your thoughts - texts get to me anonymously, without charge or signup) Goshen, Indiana is home to a private college without an American Football team - and, most recently, a semi-professional soccer club that serves as an - albeit unusual - case study for how grassroots soccer in the U.S. can thrive and build a community. The overarching theme of The Assistant Professor is that football is not merely about goals and stars. It is, done properly, a...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The 777 Files: Investigating the Strange Multi-Club-Owner that Wants to Buy Everton

    The 777 Files: Investigating the Strange Multi-Club-Owner that Wants to Buy Everton

    NEW: send me a text message! (I'd love to hear your thoughts - texts get to me anonymously, without charge or signup) Today's episode is a mix between soccer detective story and true crime podcasting. British investigative journalist Paul Brown is our Visiting Professor for the day. He and his colleague Philippe Auclair have piled up pathbreaking research on the backstory, money trail and flat out baffling activities of a group called 777 partners. Their activities in the insurance and airpla...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    (No) Mustard at Continental Europe's Oldest Soccer Club: FC St. Gallen in Switzerland

    (No) Mustard at Continental Europe's Oldest Soccer Club: FC St. Gallen in Switzerland

    NEW: send me a text message! (I'd love to hear your thoughts - texts get to me anonymously, without charge or signup) We begin with the Eurovision Songcontest and end with Sturm Graz's cup win, but consider, most of all, FC St. Gallen. Saint who? True, if I would ask you who invented club football in Europe in continental Europe, would you guess that the answer is the same as to the Ricola cough drop question? The Swiss did! Well, technically English students living in Switzerland, but neverm...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Soccer is for the Fans? England’s proposed “Football Regulator” and the Struggle for the Soul of the Game

    Soccer is for the Fans? England’s proposed “Football Regulator” and the Struggle for the Soul of the Game

    NEW: send me a text message! (I'd love to hear your thoughts - texts get to me anonymously, without charge or signup) The excesses of global soccer capitalism are well documented on this podcast. Perhaps no footballing country is more affected than England, the birthplace of the modern game and home to arguably the wealthiest clubs and league. To take it up one notch, six of its big clubs attempted to join the breakaway Super League while, around the same time, historic club Bury FC collapse ...

    • 1 hr
    Hertha Berliner SC: In Memoriam Kay Bernstein

    Hertha Berliner SC: In Memoriam Kay Bernstein

    NEW: send me a text message! (I'd love to hear your thoughts - texts get to me anonymously, without charge or signup) Kay Bernstein was elected the president of Hertha BSC, then in the 1st Bundesliga, in June 2022. He died at his home near Berlin on January 16th of this year, with Hertha being in the 2nd Bundesliga. What sounds like a short and - on the pitch - unsuccessful presidency is in fact the most significant shift and opening up of possibilities in club leadership in German and, possi...

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

calebmorris8 ,

Unlike any other football (soccer podcast)

If you’re looking for a podcast that goes beyond what is happening on the pitch and expertly pierces through the various socio-political themes that surround the global game, this is it.

sparge2 ,

Ensuing context

Engaging context for my growing interest in European soccer.

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