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- Educational Resources
- Have World Cup Team become more diverse over time?
- FMH Toolkit
- Learning Activities
- What does identity have to do with football?
- Cold War Competitions
- Nationalism in Spanish Football in the 20th Century
- North vs South. The Italian football division
- Nationalism, War, and Football: teaching foreign policies through football
- The Birth of a Club: looking at local football to learn about the past
- Educational game about dealing with discrimination
- The right to be forgotten
- Source Collections
- Football Makes History
- Eniola Aluko: Legacy of Empire
- Fritz Löhner-Beda: Zionism, Football, Vienna
- Milutin Ivkovic: World Cup to World War
- Romualdas Marcinkus: Flying for Lithuania
- Boško Petrović: From Football to Freedom?
- Alice Milliat: Suffragette of Sport
- Rab Howell: Romani in England
- Granit Xhaka: Wanderer Seeking Belonging
- Brunilde Amodeo: Woman against Fascism
- Vasilis Xatzipanagis: The “Greek Maradona”
- William Paats: Dutch Football Missionary
- Zinedine Zidane: What kind of France?
- Armand Swartenbroeks: Champion of fair play
- László Kubala: Man with no homeland?
- Otto Fritz ‘Tull’ Harder: From German hero to Nazi war criminal
- Hans Lorenzen: Inventing football for the blind
- Ernest Wilmowski: A problem of identity
- Jack Leslie: Nearly the First
- Ernst Happel: Total Football Lives On
- Molly Seaton: Forgotten Heroine of Belfast
- Ruud Gullit: The Making of an Icon
- Leo Halle: The Lion of Deventer
- Diego Maradona: The Neapolitan
- Hughie Gallacher: No Life after Football
- Lily Parr: Legend of the Women’s Game
- Gabriel Hanot: The visionary journalist
- Eduard Streltsov: Seeking a place in History
- Ebru Köksal: Leading Football Forward
- Lotte Specht: Dreaming to Play
- Jörg Berger: Forced out by the Stasi
- Johan Cruyff: Genius of Cultural Transfer
- Ferenc Puskas: Legend in two Worlds
- Bela Guttmann: Lifetime on the Move
- Bill Shankly: The road south from Scotland
- Robert Whitehead: Spreading the Game
- Thomas Hitzlsperger: Coming out for inclusion
- Violette Morris: Heroine, Sportswoman, Collaborator
- Arthur, Lord Kinnaird: Aristocratic Founder of the Game
- Bruno Neri: Partisan Commander
- Fatih Terim: Emperor of Turkey
- Paolo Maldini: Crown Prince of Milan
- Christian Karembeu: Facing Empire in Football
- Eusebio: The Black Pearl
- Valeriy Lobanovskyi: Heart of Ukrainian Football
- Vikash Dhorasoo: Vocal for change
- Alex Villaplane: From Football hero to war-time villain
- Gheorghe Hagi: Maradona of the Carpathians
- George Best: Victim of celebrity?
- Gyula Grosics: The Rebel who stayed
- Stjepan Bobek: Champion of Tito’s Yugoslavia
- Vsevolod Bobrov: Soviet Olympic Hero
- Marvin Sordell: Facing up to Depression
- Neta Cohen: Young woman saved by Football
- Helmut Klopfleisch: Fan on the wrong side of the Wall
- Josep Sunyol: Casualty of Spain’s Civil War
- Vittorio Pozzo: Coach of “Mussolini’s team”
- Otto Nerz: Germany’s coach who died in a Soviet camp
- Julius Hirsh: Iron Cross to Enemy of the State
- “Nettie Honeyball”: Pioneer of women’s game
- Raoul Diagne: The first player of African origin to play for France
- Fred Pentland: Missionary for the ‘English Way’
- Mesut Özil: Not German Enough?
- Zvonimir Boban: Yugoslavia, Italy, Croatia
- Alfredo Di Stefano: The Making of a Madrileno
- Walter Tull, Black footballer and Soldier
- Hugo Meisl: Mastermind of the Wunderteam
- Ernst Kuzorra: One of “Germany’s Polish Champions”
- Andrew Watson: the first black international player?
- Nat Lofthouse: The One-Club man
- Fergus Suter: Working-Class Professional
- Anatoliy Banishevskiy: Multiple Belonings
- Falko Götz: Through the Iron Curtain
- Edith Klinger: Muzzled Austrian Referee
- Michel Platini: Icon who fell from Grace
- Justin Fashanu: Casualty of prejudice?
- Bert Trautmann: The German who Stayed
- Nadia Nadim: The Danish Girl from Herat
- Asbjorn Halvorsen: Victim of Dictatorship
- Eddy Hamel: New York, Amsterdam, Auschwitz
- Gottfried Fuchs: The One who got away
- Helmut Rahn: Der Boss
- Robert Enke: Casualty of the Beautiful Game?
- Carmen Pomies: Football Francais Feminin
- Florrie Redford: The Preston Munitionette
- Fatmire Alushi: From Refugee to World Champion
- Petra Landers: For the Love of the Game
- John Blankenstein: Arbiter of LGBT Rights
- Emma Clarke: England’s first black female player?
- Bibiana Steinhaus: Woman in Authority
- Megan Rapinoe: Champion of Women’s Rights
- Stephanie Frappart: Whistling on the Big Stage
- Mario Balotelli: Magnet for Controversy
- Raheem Sterling: Fighting back against Prejudice
- Odd Frantzen: Forgotten hero of the Bronze Team
- Arpad Weisz: Jewish, Hungarian, Italian?
- Lev Yashin: Hero of the Soviet Union
- Carolina Morace: Ahead of her Time?
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Being Zlatan
- Matthias Sindelar: Austria’s sportman of the Century?
- Nikolai Starostin: The Cost of Defying Beria
- Jean-Marc Bosman: Revolutionary who set footballers free
- Mrs Graham: Promoting the Women’s Game
- Seen from the Valley
- Learning history in 100 football life stories
- Playing the game for peace
- Football speaking out in perspective
- Teaching Northern Ireland’s History through Football
- Local football history closest to school teaching
- From anti-discrimination to inclusion in German Football
- Football Lives: Making history, not only on the field
- The Match when Tito Died
- French Footballers and the May 1968 protests
- Wales move towards a more inclusive society with Football History
- Today in 1990: a match to teach the collapse of Yugoslavia
- Football fights Alzheimer with Memories
- Historians at Football Clubs 1: Sevilla FC
- Anne Frank House enters the football field to tackle anti-semitism
- Eintracht Frankfurt’s Return to Theresienstadt
- Football Lockdowns
- On This Day
- Basque in the USSR
- Ballon d’Or at the presidential palace
- The Incredible Life of a French Footballer
- When the ball can be heard
- Football in Primo Levi’s Work
- A World in Motion
- A tournament for not competing
- The national team from four countries
- France in the mirror of football
- A final painted in contrasts
- The last defectors
- Four decades of UEFA Women’s Championships “come home”
- Saga of a small nation in a bigger Europe
- Football without frontiers for a Europe without borders
- When fans sing together for joy
- Puskás: a political refugee in Europe
- Black and white in the orange
- The first Euro’s amidst Cold War tensions
- The coach who bridged nations
- Olympic Stadium in Rome: a pitch of contradictions
- One Iconic Female Football Friendship to explore the 20th century
- Why Teach Football History?
- Football: A People’s History of Europe?
- The football signpost to WWII
- The Climb to Equality
- The Mad Grandma: Botafogo’s 83-year-old superfan
- FC Union Berlin: A rebellious football club in a rebellious city
- The Most Dangerous Game of Football: Calcio Storico
- The amazing story of Sierra Leone’s Amputee Team: football for a new tomorrow
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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.
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.
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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