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Abstract

The chapter presents the origins, the club rivalries, the politics of football fandom and the contemporary issues of Romanian football. It argues that throughout the twentieth century, football was a major nation-building instrument at the disposal of the emerging modern Romanian state. Irrespective of the political allegiances of various government regimes, football was a rallying point of the Romanian nation, promoting a specific form of national character premised on the perceived Latin élan of the Romanians. Nonetheless, realising a footballing nation was a fraught process that also created strong inter-local and inter-regional rivalries between clubs. The culmination of national affirmation through football came in the 1980s and the 1990s when the generation led by Gheorghe Hagi achieved the finest ever performances of Romania football.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florin Faje
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of Sociology and Social WorkBabes-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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