Serbia

Mills, Richard (2018) Serbia. In: The Palgrave International Handbook of Football and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 287-309. ISBN 978-3-319-78776-3

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Abstract

Drawing upon the latest research, Mills charts Serbian football’s turbulent history. Since pioneers brought the first footballs to the Balkans at the turn of the twentieth century, the game has been harnessed for political purposes. Despite multiple attempts to establish a stable state in the contested multi-ethnic region, the external boundaries of Serbian football and the Serbian polity have rarely coalesced. Particularly after Yugoslavia’s collapse in 1991, football has reinforced claims to “Serbian” territory in Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Kosovo. Inside Serbia’s frontiers, a game marred by crime, violence and political extremism performs a similar function for ethnic minorities. The chapter acknowledges the symbolic importance of Belgrade’s leading clubs and supporters to Serbian national identity and highlights the role of lesser-known teams in disputed regions.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: serbia,football,yugoslavia,soccer,sport,nationalism,nation building,kosovo
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2018 20:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67305
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78777-0

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