Players, Managers and Chairmen

  • Cyprian Piskurek
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The discussion of contemporary football fiction is grouped into three thematic clusters (Chaps.  5,  6 and  7), the first of which focusses on the depiction of players, managers and chairmen. The chapter argues that conventional success narratives prevail, in which the achievement of underdogs highlights the utopian potential of sport, although the figure of the traditional hero is increasingly replaced by the caricature of glamorous stars who have lost touch with reality. Club chairmen and owners have in recent years frequently been portrayed as foreign, often Oriental, intruders, in line with public concerns over foreign investment in English football. In contrast, the fictional football manager remains a relatively stable anchor point against anxieties that post-Taylor football has brought about.


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  • Cyprian Piskurek
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  1. 1.Faculty of Cultural StudiesTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

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