“FIFA’s World Order”

The Business of Sport – Seminar Series

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

Wednesday 5th March 2008 at 6pm
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“FIFA’s World Order”

Given by:

Steve Menary


In this presentation, drawing on two years of research for his critically well-received book Outcasts: The Lands That FIFA Forgot, author and journalist Steve Menary discusses why he decided to write Outcasts, the story of those footballing national teams who have been unable to win recognition by football’s governing body FIFA. In particular he will discuss the entry criteria for joining FIFA and how political considerations have interacted with sporting concerns to influence decision-making, underlining how politics and sport continue to be inextricably linked in world football. Outcasts is a story of how footballing nationality, or the need to establish a national identity through sport, continues be used and distorted for political means.

In addition he addresses some of the idiosyncratic and often bizarre manifestations which occur in football’s national no-man’s land such as: a dentist from Greenland who risked his career to play for his ‘country’; the pitched battle amongst kit manufacturers to sponsor the Tibetan national football team; and why the Gibraltan ‘national’ football team might just force an end to centuries of dispute over the rock between Britain and Spain.

Reviews of Outcasts:



Steve Menary trained as a chef but for the last dozen years or so has worked as a journalist. He was a city reporter at The Scotsman before becoming a freelance writer and author in 2001. He writes mostly about business and sport and is a regular contributor to World Soccer magazine, and has been saddled with supporting AFC Bournemouth for as long as he can remember.

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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