FP7 Project, 2012 - 2015
The FREE – Football Research in an Enlarged Europe – project received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development & demonstration under grant agreement number 2090805 between 2012 and 2015. The FREE project involved 9 universities from 8 different countries.
The objective of the project was to produce findings on European patterns of perception and identity dynamics, using approaches from the social sciences (anthropology, gender studies, political science, sociology) and the humanities (history) through an integrated interdisciplinary research programme. The FREE project focused on 6 different research strands:
(1) the early history of European football competitions, before the foundation of the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions’ League); (2) the memory left by those competitions, the lieux de mémoire (realms of memory) they created at European level; (3) the (limited) place of women in European football: first and foremost as supporters; tangentially, as players; (4) identity dynamics in European football, specifically from an anthropological perspective, with a focus on migrant football fans and the East-West divide; (5) the governance of football and the (problematic) place of supporters therein; (6) the possible existence of a European public sphere of football.