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April 25, 2012

Deconstructing Panenka

Academic conferences should be about intellectual challenges, pertinent questions, and insightful comments, and in some lucky cases, like at the FREE Kick-off Conference in Angers, they are. Yet very often, coffee break exchanges, lunch talks and dinner discussions are just as revealing and worth remembering.

Antonin Panenka

Antonin Panenka

In Angers the real star of the show was Antonin Panenka, the Czech footballer who surprised the (football) world with his famous penalty kick at the EURO 1976 final.

It all started with a little multi-national pre-conference gathering around nuts and beer in a hotel room in Angers. All of a sudden, it turned out that the younger of our colleagues were not familiar with Antonin Panenka’s penalty. Thanks to YouTube and an available iPad, the famous scene could be recalled easily. For some of us, Panenka’s penalty is one of the defining moments in football history because we see the Czech striker as a ground-breaking footballer: someone who dared to think out-of-the-box under enormous pressure.

Post by : Borja García in the category : History, Posts - No comment

April 11, 2012

On Supporters’ ownership of football clubs

On 23 March 2012, I made the trip to Nantes in order to attend an event on Supporters’ ownership of football clubs. The public conference was organised by À la Nantaise, an organisation (association) which works on maintaining what they see as the fundamental values of the Football Club de Nantes. One of the ways to achieve this target is to raise money from supporters in order to create a supporters’ fund investing in club shares.

Football Club de Nantes : Stade de la BeaujoireThe conference had therefore invited Antonia Hagemann of Supporters’ Direct and the general secretary of the Norwich City’s supporters trust Mike Reynolds together with a couple of academics (Emmanuel Lelore from INSEP, Nicolas Hourcade from Centrale Lyon), a former French International (Vikash Dhorasoo, promoting his manifesto for a new football, Tatane) and, in true French style, a flurry of local politicians, far too numerous to mention. The afternoon also benefited from the presence of journalists from French glossy-but-trashy magazine So Foot and members of the think-tank Sport et Citoyenneté.

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April 6, 2012

The Prime minister’s speech

Have you seen Borgen? It’s a Danish television series about a fictitious politician, Birgitte Nyborg, who due to a combination of circumstances is all of a sudden in the position to become the first female prime minister of Denmark (the name Borgen refers to the seat of the government, the Christiansborg castle).

Borgen’s fifty-minute episodes are European television at its very best: political drama, which is both highly intelligent and deeply entertaining, served by clever screenwriting and convincing actors.

Post by : Albrecht Sonntag in the category : Memory, Posts - No comment