By Carl-Gustaf Scott

This e-book employs men's soccer as a lens wherein to enquire questions when it comes to immigration, racism, integration and nationwide identification in present-day Sweden. particularly, this research explores if specialist soccer serves as a winning version of multiracialism/multiculturalism for the remainder of Swedish society to emulate.

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131 28 O African Footballers in Sweden Brazilian clubs welcomed these new ties in view of the acute financial crisis that the domestic game found itself in during the early 2000s. Since Brazilian clubs routinely produce more football talent than they themselves need, the arrangement to place some of their lower ranked talents in Allsvenskan made economic sense, even if this meant selling these players at a lower initial price. This is because Brazilian club officials calculated that the top Swedish division would be a better place to showcase their surplus players than any of the lower Brazilian divisions.

The always alluring “rags to riches” storyline is central to this narrative. 14 If anything, the global football market can be ruthless, and when these imports fail to impress, they quickly become expendable to the clubs. 17 The African Diaspora in the Global Football Market O 21 The situation is not always much better for the few who are fortunate enough to secure a professional contract in Europe. 19 The mistreatment of African football migrants has become a serious enough problem in Europe that both FIFA and the EU have held hearings on this subject,20 causing FIFA to regulate the transfer market of young African players.

13 The “pull” toward Europe is furthermore continuously bolstered by the African sports media, which as a rule offers a very selective (and highly romanticized) portrait of African footballers’ existence in Europe. The always alluring “rags to riches” storyline is central to this narrative. 14 If anything, the global football market can be ruthless, and when these imports fail to impress, they quickly become expendable to the clubs. 17 The African Diaspora in the Global Football Market O 21 The situation is not always much better for the few who are fortunate enough to secure a professional contract in Europe.

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