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Polish Football: A Socio-Political History

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Polish Football:
A Socio-Political History

Dr Seweryn Dmowski
(University of Warsaw)

Manchester, September 2nd, 2013
Introductory remarks
Unique socio-political history of Poland in 19th-20th century
After the three partitions in late 18th century, Polish lands were divided between Prussia/Germany, Austria/Austria-Hungary and Russia
Lack of independent state
Central-Eastern European context
Important "Polish" features in European history
WW2, "Solidarity" in 1980, 1989 changes
Specific football power
No "Mighty Poles" (unless brilliant national team in 70s)
R.Giulianotti's Concept
Historical trajectory of football
Traditional
Modern
Post-modern
Other Concepts
History of Spanish football by Ramon Llopis Goig:
Pre-nationa/regional period
Spanish nationalization period
Strenghtening of peripheral nationalisms period
Post-national period
History of Romanian football by Lucien Florin Vasile:
Romantic period
Traditional period
Modern period (communism)
Contemporary period
Key Questions
Was the development of football in Poland similar to parallel process in Western Europe?
What was the influence of socio-political factors on the development of Polish football?
Which main eras/periods can be distinguished?
Hypothesis
Political factors played the most important role in the process of development of Polish football and this process can be periodised.
My Concept of Periodization
Pre-state
Autonomy
Subordination
Independency
late 19th c.
1918
1945
1990
Pre-state
Autonomy
Subordination
Independency
Unique experience of World War 2
Conclusions
Thank you!
seweryn.dmowski@uw.edu.pl

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Politics was the key factor conditioning the development of football in Poland
Dynamics of social processes that shaped Polish football was very different from the parallel processes in Western European and slightly diverse from Central-Eastern European "model"
The key role of state independence and socio-politcal system
Periods can be distinguished
World War 1 - arise of "The Polish Issue"
First football clubs are founded (rather by students than workers)
Austro-Hungarian
Partition
Prussian
Partition
Russian
Partition
Football expresses
the national sentiment
Austro-Hungarian
Partition
Prussian
Partition
"National football associations" are found, bu they are not recognized on the international level

Association
of Polish Football
(1911)
Union of Polish Sport Societies
(1913)
First regional and inter-regional football competitions
Full amateurism
Austro-Hungarian
Partition
Prussian
Partition
Russian
Partition
Galicia Competition
(1912/1913)
Greater Poland Competition
(1912/1913)
Goldsztand Trophy
(1910-1914)
First official international
football matches
1921
Recognition on the football level
of international relations
1923
Official national federation and national football competition
1921
Semi-professionalism
State control over sovietised football system
1919
Political influence on the
club system
New clubs
Patronaged clubs
"Shamateurism"
Modernization and commodification of football
New socio-political reality
of football
Full professionalism
Fall of communist rule
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