“Economic Change and Political Continuity in Argentine Football”

The Business of Sport – Seminar Series

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 13th February 2008 at 6pm
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**Unfortunately, due to a bereavement Liz Crolley’s seminar has been postponed until later in the year. A revised date for this lecture will be circulated in due course.**

“Economic Change and Political Continuity in Argentine Football”

Given by:

Liz Crolley, Football Industry Group, University of Liverpool Management School


In this presentation, (drawing on the article “Crisis y el fútbol: Economic Change and Political Continuity in Argentine Football” written with Vic Duke) Liz Crolley  presents an analysis of the recent history of Argentine football. Starting with the enquiry undertaken by Judge Mariano Berges following violent clashes between rival supporters at a Boca V Chacarita Juniors match August 2003 she examines key issues facing Argentine football: in particular political corruption and illicit links between football clubs, fans, the state and the Argentine Football Association. She argues that the recent extreme financial pressures that Argentinean football clubs have endured have put a severe strain on these traditional relationships, with many clubs exploring a private sector business solution to their problem of chronic unprofitability. However, she concludes that the traditional role of Argentine as quasi-public civic bodies endures despite all the financial and public order difficulties for reasons that can only be explained by the extraordinary position that football enjoys in the national body politic and culture.


  • R. M.. Miller & L. Crolley Ed(s) (2007). Football in the Americas: Futbol, Futebol, Soccer. Institute for the Study of the Americas, London.
  • L. Crolley and V. Duke (2007). “La Crisis y el fútbol: Economic Change and Political Continuity in Argentine Football”. In: . Crolley and R. Miller eds. Fútbol, Futebol, Soccer: Football in the Americas ILAS, University of London pp.1-24.


Liz Crolley is a member of the Football Industry Group at the University of Liverpool Management School. Her research draws on her background as a linguist, and examines the social, political, historical and business aspects of football culture. She has published widely in these fields, focusing on the structures, organisation and media coverage of football in Europe and Argentina. Her publications include several co-authored books: L. Crolley & D. Hand (2006) Football and European Identity. Routledge. L. Crolley & D. Hand (2002). Football, Europe & the Press. Frank Cass; and  L. Crolley & V. Duke (1996). Football, Nationality & the State. Longman.

For further details on this Seminar Series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Email: or Tel: 020-7631 6763

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