Universitat de València (Spain) 


Ramon Llopis-Goig

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

Dr Llopis-Goig is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Valencia, where he teaches Sociology of Sport and Leisure a well as Social Research Methods. Prior to embracing an academic career he occupied positions of technical and management responsibility in several companies of public opinion and marketing research.

Ramon’s research interests include gender issues, racism, national identity, mass media, consumption and globalisation in sport, with a particular emphasis on football. He is co-author of Groove Armada with John Williams, and he has published a collection of papers on the globalisation of football in Europe and Latin America entitled Fútbol postnacional as well as numerous articles about the sociology of sport in both mainstream and specialist journals. He is currently working on a monograph on Sport Mega-events to be published in 2012.

In the FREE project Ramon will contribute as researcher to different research strands.



« I am deeply convinced of the importance of developing a European identity for the future of Europe. Whatever the future may hold, it is worthwhile exploring the possible contribution of football to that end. As far as I know, this is the first project oriented in that way, with an empirical approach and a transnational make-up. This is what attracted me to this project. Furthermore, I am a big football fan, something that is not incompatible with socio-anthropological
analysis. »


Helena Flores Navarro

Research Assistant
Department of Sociology

Helena Flores Navarro has joined the FREE team at the University of Valencia as a Research Assistant. She has a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Master in Gender Studies at the University of Granada (Spain) and University of Lodz (Poland). Her substantive research interests include sexualities, bodies and gender from an ethnographic and feminist perspective. She will be working hand in hand with Professor Ramón Llopis-Goig during the project.


« I think that participating in the FREE project is a great opportunity to explore, research and achieve plenty of information about different feelings concerning football´ experiences in order to enhance the comprehension of this large and g-local phenomenon. What also attracted me to this project is research fields and participants´ world views diversity that FREE project encompasses and offers. I feel that this will enable us to take into account and interpret different intersections, understandings and complexities that football, understood as a social and cultural laboratory, poses in a critical and multidisciplinary way. And of course learn from this researching process, produce more questions for further projects and understand what is about football that drives crazy thousands of people. »



Paula Lara Gonzalo

Research Assistant
Department of Sociology

Paula Lara Gonzalo has a degree in Sociology from The Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) and holds a Certificate in Political Studies from Sciences Po Toulouse (Toulouse, France). Her interest in social research led her to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Research, Innovations and Applications at Complutense University as well as a Postgraduate Course in Social Research Techniques from the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS) in Madrid.

Paula had the opportunity to investigate and co-author reports analysing social exclusion and disability. Additionally, she worked for the Spanish public administration evaluating public policies. Recently, she had the opportunity to join the University of Valencia and she is currently working as a Research Assistant for the FREE Project.


« As a sociologist, I believe that Football is a sui generis space to research identity construction and the process of socialization. Working within an inter-disciplinary team at the FREE project is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this interesting social phenomenon. »



Universitat de València



Since its foundation in 1499 as ‘Estudi General de València’, the University of Valencia has developed into one of the largest universities in Spain. Initially dedicated to the study of Medicine, Humanities, Theology and Law, it has become a modern European university covering a large range of disciplines, open to almost every branch of teaching, research and culture. Over 45 000 students are taught by 3 535 professors and lecturers, who are integrated into 92 departments and 16 research institutes of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Health and Education Sciences, based on three different campuses in and around Valencia.