December 2019

Last modified: 29.01.2020


Origins of expatriate football players – CIES study

In a recent study CIES Football Observatory has mapped the origin of expatriate players in 31 European top divisions of male football. With 466 representatives, Brazilians are the most numerous (10.3% of the total number of expatriates) and present in all of the countries covered except Scotland. Check out the latest Atlas of Migration for further findings and data on the presence and distribution of expatriates in 147 leagues from 98 countries worldwide.



Call for abstracts - The European Association Sociology of Sport Annual Conference

Southampton Solent, 18-21 May 2020

Solent University will host the 17th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference from 18 to 21 May 2020 in Southampton.

The organising committee invite scholars to submit abstracts that explore the conference's core themes of Sport, Diversity and Social Change. Beyond the main theme, the event will feature a broad range of sessions concerned with sport and society within classical domains and newly emerging fields.

The call for abstracts is open until the end of January. Please click this link for the website and abstract submission.


Dutch football club asks for help to tackle racism among its supporters

Following the racist treatment of Excelsior Rotterdam footballer Ahmad Mendes Moreira by supporters of FC Den Bosch during a match in the Dutch 2nd tier Keuken Kampioen Division on November 16, SPOMI member Jacco van Sterkenburg, Associate professor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, has been approached by various Dutch media and commented on this incident. He explicitly criticized the initial and usual trivializing reaction by clubs as part of the structural problem of racism in Dutch football. Following his and other’s critique, FC Den Bosch’s chairman Jan-Hein Schouten has called for external support to fight racism among its supporters.


Zora Saskova

Zora Saskova is a PhD researcher at the School of Sport, Ulster University. Her ethnographic research examines the ways in which various socio-economic and cultural issues, that are specific to Sierra Leone, influence the decisions of young adult men to actively pursue a career in professional football abroad. She also explores their experiences and expectations as Sierra Leonean football players and analyses their imagined and actual migrant experiences. Additionally, the study investigates the dynamics of the development of the emerging football migration network between Sierra Leone and Scandinavian countries.