The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State
The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State

The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State

by Richard Mills


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784539139
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Series: International Library of Twentieth Century History
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard Mills is lecturer in Modern European History at the University of East Anglia, where he received his PhD, and has recently become the course director there for the BA in Modern History. Mills has published in peer-reviewed journals, edited collections and the popular sports magazine When Saturday Comes. He has guest lectured at the CIES’s prestigious FIFA master’s programme.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xii

Acknowledgements xvi

Acronyms xviii

Introduction 1

Scope 3

Approach 5

Nationalism 6

Structure 7

1 Antecedents: Football in the Kingdom, 1919-41 9

Constructing the 'Bourgeois' Game 10

Disagreement and Compromise, 1939-41 21

Sowing the Seed: The Workers' Game and the KPJ 27

Playing Through the Dictatorship 33

2 Liberation Football, 1941-5 42

Invasion and Occupation 42

Hajduk: The Team of the National Liberation Army 52

Scoring for the Revolution 58

Victories on Home Soil 67

3 (Re)constructing the Yugoslav Game, 1945-8 72

Erasing the Opposition 74

Forging a Socialist Game 78

Constructing a Federal League for a Federal State 87

Immediate Challenges 95

4 A 'Golden Age'? Prestige, Problems and the 'Third Way' after 1948 101

The Tito-Stalin Split 102

The 'Third Way' 107

Hajduk, Torcida and the Party 114

The People's Game, Yugoslav Style 121

Self-(Mis)mangement 126

5 Keeping the Revolution Alive: The Long 1970s 136

Reinvigorating the Revolution 137

Expressing Discontent 142

Bolstering Self-Management Practices 149

An Enduring Force of Unity 156

Tears of Sorrow 162

6 After Tito, Nationalism! The 1980s 166

Crises and Continuities 166

Political and Football Unrest 172

Supporters' Groups Emerge 179

Nationalism Victorious 184

Counter Trends 196

7 The Maksimir Myth 202

Enter Democracy 202

The Riot 205

Media Backlash 209

The Myth 218

8 On the Brink: The 1990-1 Season 228

Waning Star 229

The Enduring League 236

The Last Final 244

The Last Hurrahs 251

Disintegration 257

9 Football on the Frontlines, 1991-5 267

Western Secession 268

Yugoslavia's Diminished Competition 279

Bosnia's Shattered Game 288

Simplifying the Map 301

Conclusion 307

Appendix 312

Notes 314

Bibliography 361

Index 372

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