"It’s bigger than the Olympics": changing Australia through football and the 1974 FIFA World Cup

Stell, Marion and Salisbury, Chris (2015) "It’s bigger than the Olympics": changing Australia through football and the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Soccer and Society, 16 2-3: 245-258. doi:10.1080/14660970.2014.961385


Author Stell, Marion
Salisbury, Chris
Title "It’s bigger than the Olympics": changing Australia through football and the 1974 FIFA World Cup
Journal name Soccer and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-0970
1743-9590
Publication date 2015-05-04
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14660970.2014.961385
Volume 16
Issue 2-3
Start page 245
End page 258
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract In the 1970s, Australian football finally had the impact that its early promoters predicted. Fuelled by waves of British immigration, the game was changed by a post-war generation from Europe. Australia began its World Cup quest with two misses in the 1960s, before qualifying for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. The campaign, based around an Australian team dominated by overseas-born players, coincided with the election of Gough Whitlam’s socially progressive federal Labor government with a commitment to move away from Australia’s mono-cultural past. The fortunes of these two campaigns intertwine in surprising ways. The Australian sporting landscape, long the preserve of rival football codes and Olympic success, began to change. Marking the fortieth anniversary of Australia’s first World Cup appearance, this essay re-examines issues of nationalism and inclusiveness in the light of recent global debates on the rights of overseas-born players to represent their adopted country.
Keyword Australian politics
Citizenship
Football
Gough Whitlam
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 26 September 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 18 Feb 2015, 00:04:35 EST by Dr Chris Salisbury on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies