This is a blog about football (soccer) and many social and political issues related to it. Although still under-researched area in my home country, Slovenia, academic interest in football is growing and football is no longer just a sport, but also an object of academic analysis. I love both – football as a game (to play and to watch it <3) and as an academic field. As a graduate and complete freak of International Relations I try to link it to issues such as human rights, development, social issues, political economy, diplomacy, politics etc. I am currently studying Sport and International Development at the University of Brighton, which gives me even more opportunities to think about football in more critical terms. And the UK is a great place for studying sports studies – so many projects are going on! I love projects which use the power of sports for achieving positive social change and I want to develop this field in Slovenia and wider region (Western Balkans). Although it’s difficult to remain completely positive about football and other professionalised sports in the era, characterised by domination and corruption of different international sports organisations, match-fixing affairs, (too) enormous value of football industry etc., my passion and love for football are still firm – you know what they say, true love lasts for ever :).There are of course many fields where football can be criticised (nationalism, violence, racism…), but I want to focus on the positive aspects. I’ll try to write about many different issues and that’s why I named my blog Football Mosaic. Football is like a mosaic – it contains many different elements which all together form an amazingly beautiful whole.
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