Over Thanksgiving break I did some of my own research, in an attempt to find some historical connections between government, soccer, and politics in South America. Using information from the corruption I learned about Argentina, I searched online for similar topics, but rather than in the late 20th century, the early 20th century. I had no luck with obvious stories because there simply wasn’t as much media coverage on soccer during that time. Continue reading
This week to open up corruption in South America I did some investigating on some of the biggest, most powerful, and well known officials and leaders in soccer. I came across a man named Julio Grondona, the late former president of soccer in Argentina. Grondona died in 2011, marked as a sad day in Argentinian soccer across the world. Two of the most recognizable Argentinian world soccer stars of all time, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, spoke about the greatness of Grondona for Argentinian soccer’s growth and well being, as well as wishing his family and friends well in their time of mourning. Continue reading
Before making the subject switch from Spain to South America, Dan and I spent this week reading and discussing soccer in the world and the effects of globalization on modern soccer. We used two different chapters from Goles y banderas: futbol e identidades nacionales en España by Alejandro Quiroga Fernandez de Soto, the same book we used to discuss identities in Spain. Continue reading
For our last week of studying Spanish soccer and culture, T.Dan and I read and discussed two different chapters from a book discussing soccer identities in both Catalonia and País Vasco. Goles y banderas: futbol e identidades nacionales en España by Alejandro quiroga fernandez de soto, is the name of the book, written entirely in Spanish. Continue reading
In the week of October 2nd after my teaching experience, T.Dan and I could not ignore the events in Catalonia surrounding the referendum for independence. I did my own research on the subject, bringing articles to Dan for discussion. There were a plethora of things to talk about, including the Spanish police’s acts of violence in attempts to stop people from voting, as well as how likely is it that Catalonia will ultimately declare independence. If you are unaware of the situation currently in Catalonia, I will give a brief synopsis before diving into the significance of it as well as my conclusions on how it relates to soccer.
On October 1st polls were opened in the region of Catalonia for its citizens to vote on whether they were for or against declaring independence from Spain. The Spanish government and its officials have rules this referendum illegal and against the Spanish constitution. On the day of the referendum many Catalan citizens were violently prevented from voting by the Spanish police force. Many leaders in the Catalan government were also arrested by the Spanish police.
In the following days many different officials on both sides have reported on the referendum, Spain maintaining their stance that it is illegal and will not be acknowledged. Catalan people and government officials have pleaded with other European countries as well as the EU for support in their fight for independence. The reported statistic on the vote count was 90% of people able to vote, voting for independence, and 10% against.
It is clear that the Catalan identity is strong throughout the whole region and now more than ever, the Catalan people are proudly fighting for their cultural, economic, and regional independence. The aftermath of the October 1st vote date has been sticky, and yet to be resolved. So it is hard to say how significant the referendum is yet, but regardless of the outcome, it is clear that Catalonia is its own country, recognized or not.
The police violence against voters was horrific, rubber bullets and excessive force were used during large pro independence rallies. 822 Catalonians were placed in the hospital from the violence. Using both Spanish sources and sources around the world to understand the reaction of this violence was fascinating. A CNBC article quoted Jordi Turull, a Catalan official as saying, “what the police are doing is simply savage, it’s an international scandal.” While Spanish sources based in Madrid have shown a different light, ignoring the police violence and focusing on the breach of the Spanish constitution.
While this was big international news and unignorable, it was less significant to our study of soccer and more to the world that soccer lives in. As a result of this referendum and violence FC Barcelona played their La Ligament match against Las Palmas in front of an empty stadium.
In the interest of getting back on track with our study of soccer, Dan and I planned readings for the following week in a book from the library about identities of both FC Barcelona and Atheltic Club Bilbao. Barcelona’s identity is strong and only getting stronger, and the historical context of the biggest representation of the region in the world, FC Barcelona, is one Dan and I were excited to explore.
Last week I was tasked with both preparing a lesson for T.Dan’s Spanish 2 classes and writing an argumentative essay.
For my lesson I decided I wanted to teach the class about País Vasco, one of the regions in Spain that I have been studying. Continue reading
Last week T.Dan and I met twice to discuss two different topics, Catalonia and the Basque region. The week before we discussed more about the history of these regions as well as Spanish history as a whole, this past week we narrrowed down our area of study. I read a few different articles prior to our first discussion. Continue reading
Hello! My name is Peirce and I am a 12th grader at Westtown. For my independent project I am studying soccer and the role it has in history and in culture in both Spain and some countries in South America. Continue reading