Université de Franche-Comté (Besançon, France) 


Paul Dietschy
Department of History and Sport Sciences

Dr Paul Dietschy is lecturer in History in the Department of History and Sport Sciences at the Université de Franche-Comté (Besançon, France). Prior to joining the University, he earned his PhD at the Université Lumière-Lyon II and worked as teacher of history in France and Italy. He is also an active member of the history research centre at Sciences Po in Paris.

Over the last years Paul has established himself as one of France’s leading football historians, with a research focus on the cultural history of football, sport’s role in international relations, as well as fascism and resistance in Italy. His recent book on a global football history (Histoire du football, 2010) has received wide attention and reached a large audience. He also was the editor in charge of research and iconography on the FIFA’s 2004 centennial book Le siècle du football, and wrote a political history of football in Africa based on FIFA archives.

Paul has authored a significant number of articles to scholarly journals and has organised conferences on various aspects of football history. He has also extensive experience in vulgarisation of scientific research findings. He has contributed entries to several encyclopediae and created, together with Yvan Gastaut, Christophe Messalti and Stéphane Mourlane, the online project dedicated to the political, social and cultural history of football.

Within the FREE project, Paul is in charge of research on ‘The history of the Europeanisation of football through competitions’ and organises the project’s first thematic conference in July 2012 in Besançon. 


« What attracted me in this project? European scientific cooperation on a key topic about football and Europe : Europe and football ! »



Xavier Béal, Francesco Muollo & Raquel Mirabet are assisting Paul Dietschy. Xavier Breuil & Sébastien Louis helped the project in its first years.



Université de Franche-Comté
Besançon, France


The University of Franche-Comté, founded as early as 1423, is located in the region of the same name in Eastern France, close to the Swiss border. Since the 1990s the University has undergone a very quick development and has become one of France’s most remarkable regional pluridisciplinary universities.

It numbers 13 different institutes and departments, as well as 20 000 students and 1 400 faculty spread over five different campuses in Besançon (main campus), Belfort, Montbéliard, Vesoul et Lons-le-Saunier.