Author Archives: alegi

Women’s Football: Global Perspectives

FSF’s last session of the year featured a wide-ranging discussion of women’s soccer. Discussion focused on three posts written by Jean Williams, Martha Saavedra, Gwen Oxenham, and a co-written piece by Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel. The posts and conversations centered … Continue reading

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A Pitch of Her Own

By Martha Saavedra Martha Saavedra is Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California Berkeley. Trained as a Political Scientist, she has taught at St. Mary’s College of California, UC Berkeley, Ohio University and the … Continue reading

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The National Teams We Know Nothing About

By Gwen Oxenham Gwen Oxenham is the author of Finding the Game and coproducer of the documentary film Pelada. A Duke University soccer alum, she played professionally for Santos FC in Brazil in 2005. Gwen received an MFA in creative … Continue reading

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When Two Elephants Fight, It is the Grass That Suffers

Dr. Jean Williams is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Sporting History and Culture De Montfort University in Leicester England. Having written on women’s football since 1998, Jean has recently published A Contemporary History of Women’s Sport … Continue reading

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The Indiana Jones of Fútbol Journalism

Christened the “Indiana Jones of soccer journalism” by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, James Montague had barely survived the interminable journey from Australia to London only to plunge into a place without time or space–the Football Scholars Forum online. What … Continue reading

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Brand Brazil: Past as Prologue

Brasilidade, class, gender, futebol força versus futebol arte, tropical modernity, the 2014 World Cup, and globalizing “brand Brazil” were just some of the topics discussed in the Football Scholars Forum’s inaugural event of 2014-15 with historian Roger Kittleson. Joining the … Continue reading

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Kittleson’s The Country of Football To Open 2014-15 Season

With the 2014 World Cup circus come and gone, and students beckoning, it’s time to announce the fall schedule for the 2014-15 season of the Football Scholars Forum. Our first session picks up where Germany left off, in Brazil! On … Continue reading

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FSF at Hofstra Soccer Conference

Storify of the Football Scholars Forum on Academic vs. Journalistic Writing About the Game. Featuring: Simon Kuper, Grant Wahl, John Foot, Brenda Elsey, Alex Galarza, Peter Alegi, and Chuck Korr.

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Navigating the Study of Sports in the Academic World

Grant Wahl writes for Sports Illustrated and is the author of The Beckham Experiment, the first soccer book ever to become a New York Times bestseller. In the spring of 1995, during my junior year at Princeton, I met with … Continue reading

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Long Live WG Grace. The Past and the Future of Sports Writing

John Foot is Professor of Modern Italian history at the University of Bristol. He is the author of several books, including Calcio: A History of Italian Football and Pedalare! Pedalare! A History of Italian Cycling, and writes regularly for a … Continue reading

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