By Carl-Gustaf Scott
This e-book employs men's soccer as a lens by which to enquire questions on the subject of immigration, racism, integration and nationwide identification in present-day Sweden. particularly, this examine explores if expert soccer serves as a winning version of multiracialism/multiculturalism for the remainder of Swedish society to emulate.
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95 These guidelines stipulated that at least 6 players on each team’s 25-man roster must have played football in a domestic European club for at least 3 years between the ages of 15 and 21. 97 So in spite of its original resistance, the Swedish Football Federation ended up adopting a relatively liberal approach to this issue. 101 Now in the short term, the Bosman case had two enormously important and immediate consequences for Allsvenskan. 103 The increased revenue generated by the growing global appeal of European football has not been distributed evenly across Europe, as the bigger leagues have been the primary beneficiaries of the new lucrative television and sponsorship deals that were signed in the 1990s.
189 Yet the truth is that the scope of this problem extends far beyond the racist right, touching virtually every area of Swedish life, sports included. This research will demonstrate that these same attitudes have—at least subconsciously—informed the debate about racism in Swedish football. 190 This has naturally been a politically expedient way for Swedish football elites to characterize the situation, since this requires very little self-introspection regarding their own role in the perpetuation of institutionalized forms of discrimination.
176 Here it should, however, be emphasized that this more systemic approach to the scouting and recruitment of African footballers only really came about in the first decade of the twenty-first century. 177) The Moroccan goalkeeper Driss El Asmar, for instance, was first spotted by a Swedish businessman who had briefly seen El Asmar play in Rabat. 182 The second most common “jumping-off ” spot to Sweden for African footballers has been somewhere else in Europe—and predominately Western Europe. 183 Comparing the quality of different leagues (especially when one is also trying to measure the relative competitiveness of different divisions against each other) is not an exact science.
African Footballers in Sweden: Race, Immigration, and Integration in the Age of Globalization by Carl-Gustaf Scott