Fragile China: Is a football industry possible?

Fragile China: Is a football industry possible?

Room 101, Foster Court, UCL
(Off Torrington Place WC1 opposite Waterstones Bookstore)

Wednesday 9th February 2005, 6pm-8pm

Given by:

Dr Rogan Taylor – Director, Football Industry Group, University of Liverpool


In this seminar Dr Rogan Taylor details how the extraordinary pace and scale of economic and social change in China over the last decade, as the country has embarked on an industrial revolution, is reflected in developments in the domestic football industry. In particular he discusses the implications of this are for the development of a globally competitive indigenous professional Chinese league.

Dr. Rogan Taylor is Director of the Football Industries Group at the University of Liverpool where he pioneered the world’s first post-graduate ‘football’ degree: a Masters in Business Administration (MBA Football Industries) which is regularly delivering its graduates into employment in the global industry. He was a founder member of the Football Supporters’ Association which emerged in Liverpool after the Heysel Stadium tragedy in 1985, and he became a recognised spokesperson for organised fans in England and for Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough Disaster. In 1989, he was invited to conduct football research at Leicester University. Two years later, he published the first of five books to date about football: Football and Its Fans: Supporters and their relations with the game, 1885-1985 (Robson Books, London, 1992). Recent work has included a series of lectures in China and Brasil; an economic impact study of professional football in Liverpool and a fan project in Porto Alegre, Brasil.

In addition to his academic career, Rogan Taylor is a writer and broadcaster. He has contributed regularly to the Sunday Telegraph , as well as writing for the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent etc. He has been involved in numerous radio and television programmes, including, as Consultant, in BBC Television’s acclaimed six part, documentary series, Kicking and Screaming , which told the history of football in the land of its birth. Dr. Taylor sat on the Euro ’96 Championships Planning Committee in Liverpool. In 1998, he was appointed a member of the UK Government’s Football Task Force and subsequently nominated for membership of the Independent football Commission . He currently sits on the UK Government’s Football Players Work Permits Review Panel and was Senior Business Advisor to the major Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua FC in 2001-2, where he also acted as ‘Visiting Professor’ to the Shenhua Football School. He is also Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Sports University.


In English:

  • Jones R (2004), ‘Football in the People’s Republic of China’, in Wolfram M & John H, Football goes East: Business, Culture and the people’s game in China, Japan & South Korea, Routledge, London
  • Song Kang (2003), ‘Chinese Football Clubs’ Interests’, in Nan Chang, Football Clubs , January 2003, Bai Huazou Arts Press

In Chinese:

  • Wang Junsheng (2002), China’s football that I know, Beijing Publishing Corp. , Beijing
  • Han Yong (1998), The inside stories of China’s football clubs, Beijing Municipal Publishing, Beijing
  • Yang Ming, (2003), Black Whistles , Xihua House, Beijing

For further details contact:

Sean Hamil
Tel: 020-7631 6763

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