About us

Football Makes History is a platform to stimulate knowledge creation and circulation across the European continent and beyond and among domains of research, formal and non-formal education and activism.

The platform champions and reflects upon the societal and educational value of the history and heritage of football. To stimulate this, it initiates collaboration and development projects, maintains a global network of organisations, authors and contributors and engages in public debates and activities.

The platform was born out of an initiative by EuroClio, the European Association of History Educators in 2016. During an Annual Conference of EuroClio in Belfast, a group of history educators, inspired by the work done by UK-based community organisation Big Ideas about the infamous Christmas Truce match played in the First World War, envisaged how history in and outside schools might be taught using football. In 2017, a small pilot was organised with Eintracht Frankfurt, in particular exploring the possibilities of promoting inclusion while teaching football history at the local level.

These experiences and following conversations led to the creation of the Erasmus+ Collaborative Partnership Project “Football History for Inclusion”, which ran between 2019-2021. In that project, EuroClio led a consortium with Eintracht Frankfurt, the Romanian Football Federation, the Anne Frank House, Fare Network and Evenzo Consultancy. The project created the Football Makes History platform, launched innovative educational resources and ran an effective online campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2021, new partnerships emerged on the platform, led by the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Reinwardt Academy (part of the Amsterdam University for the Arts), which connected at the local level once more with Eintracht Frankfurt but also with a new partner, ZSTIO, a secondary school in Katowice, Poland. At the European level the platform continued to be nested in the wide networks of EuroClio and the Fare Network.

The project will be implemented with the financial support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as part of the initiative “Football Makes History: Schools and Football Club Museums Unlocking Local Heritage education”.

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More about the Football Makes History Project

We asked Senior Project Manager Andreas Holtberget (EuroClio – European Association of History Educators), Florin Sari (Manager for UEFA2020 at the Romanian Football Federation) and Frauke König (Eintracht Frankfurt Museum) to tell us more about the Football Makes History Project.

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Affiliation

Thomas Babilla Sama

Thomas Babilla Sama

African Association of Central Finland

Ivan Belicka

Ivan Belicka

Private Elementary School with kindergarten of Maria Montessori

Valerio Bernardi

Valerio Bernardi

Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca

Peter Bijl

Peter Bijl

Stadtgeist.nl

Ernie Brennan

Ernie Brennan

National Children's Football Alliance

Dario Brentin

Dario Brentin

University of Graz

Lennard Bunt

Lennard Bunt

Student Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Enrico Cavaerili

Enrico Cavaerili

Istituto Comprensivo Zola Pedrosa

Denver Charles

Denver Charles

History Teachers' Association of Northern Ireland

Benny Christensen

Benny Christensen

EuroClio Ambassador

Agustin De Julio

Agustin De Julio

EuroClio

Inemarie Dekker

Inemarie Dekker

Sivkaworks

Gian Marco Duina

Gian Marco Duina

Hopeball

Jonathan Even-Zohar

Jonathan Even-Zohar

Evenzo Consultancy

Thomas Farines

Thomas Farines

TDH Hellas

Costantin Florin Sari

Costantin Florin Sari

Romanian Football Federation

Dolores Galindo Fontán

Dolores Galindo Fontán

Dragones de Lavapiés

Fernando Gallego Pedraza

Fernando Gallego Pedraza

Sevilla Futbol Club

Geir Ove Halvorsen

Geir Ove Halvorsen

Valle Hovin VGS, Oslo

Christopher Heim

Christopher Heim

KU Leuven-Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group

Ansley Hofmann

Ansley Hofmann

INEX-SDA

Andreas Holtberget

Andreas Holtberget

EuroClio

Igor Jovanovic

Igor Jovanovic

Elementary School Veli Vrh Pula

Frauke König

Frauke König

Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Anika Leslie-Walker

Anika Leslie-Walker

University of Bolton

Martin Liepach

Martin Liepach

Fritz Bauer Institut

Sebastian Lotz

Sebastian Lotz

Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Alice Modena

Alice Modena

EuroClio

Rico Noack

Rico Noack

Gesellschaftsspiele Berlin

Juan Carlos Ocaña

Juan Carlos Ocaña

IES Parque de Lisboa

Gijsbert Oonk

Gijsbert Oonk

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Christoforos Pavlakis

Christoforos Pavlakis

Community Action to Inspire Hope

Dominik Pesamosca

Dominik Pesamosca

FMH Developer

Daniel Petcu

Daniel Petcu

Romanian Football Federation

Marcel Put

Marcel Put

Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs Parkstad Limburg

Chris Rowe

Chris Rowe

EuroClio Ambassador

Marisa Schlenker

Marisa Schlenker

University of Konstanz

Zdravko Stojkoski

Zdravko Stojkoski

NI Museum of North Macedonia Skopje

Stefan Svavarsson

Stefan Svavarsson

Kopavogur High School

Petra Tabarelli

Petra Tabarelli

Stadtarchiv Bingen am Rhein

Matthias Thoma

Matthias Thoma

Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Gabriella Van Karsbergen

Gabriella Van Karsbergen

Football Makes History

Niels Van Muijden

Niels Van Muijden

FARE Network

Joram Verhoeven

Joram Verhoeven

Anne Frank House

David Webber

David Webber

Solent University

Cormac Whelan

Cormac Whelan

Positive Youth Foundation

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Stories

Browse our collection of stories about football history and inclusion. With the history of football being made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, we offer stories that can inspire our cultural conversations today.

Videos

Get to know untold stories where individuals are making history with football. When faced with insurmountable challenges, individuals past and present can use football as a cultural force to foster positive change in society. We honour these individuals and tell their ‘untold’ stories in short videos.

Educational Resources

Explore our innovative educational resources that use football’s history, heritage and legacy to engage young people. The resources include ready-made lesson plans and historical source collections for school history education as well as toolkit with activities for non-formal settings.

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