Football and Supporter Activism in Europe

Whose Game Is It?

  • Borja García
  • Jinming Zheng

Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Borja García, Jinming Zheng
    Pages 1-5
  3. Football Governance and Supporter Activism in the ‘Big Five’ European Leagues

  4. Football Governance and Supporter Activism Outside the ‘Big Five’ European Leagues

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-296

About this book


This book is the first to explore and compare football governance, fandom culture and supporter engagement in Europe. With a specific focus on supporter activism and campaigning, the collection provides a comparative study of several European countries. The authors argue that supporters, despite being the pillar or the ‘lifeblood’ of their club, see their role in football governance marginalised. The volume is unique in that it challenges the widely accepted assumption that membership football clubs encourage the democratic participation of supporters.

Covering football fandom in both the traditional ‘big five’ leagues and non-‘big five’ countries such as Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Poland and Czech Republic, the volume will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, history, sport management, sport governance and political science.


football fans European football football activism supporters' movements sport governance supporter behaviour Turkey Italy Croatia sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Borja García
    • 1
  • Jinming Zheng
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough UniversityLeicestershireUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Centre for Global Sport & Recreation Studies, Department of Physical EducationHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48733-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48734-2
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