Soviet Soccer - Ukrainian Identity?

On April 24, 2012 in the conference room at the Center for Urban History historian Manfred Zeller presented a lecture, "Soviet Soccer-Ukrainian Identity? Soccer Mania, Identity and Power in the Soviet Union (1960-1980)."

For many years, from the moment of founding a Soviet soccer league in the mid-1930s, Moscow teams dominated the Soviet soccer championships. Only in the 1960s did serious competition appear. The first successes of the team "Dynamo Kyiv", other Ukrainian teams, and teams from the multi-national periphery of the Soviet Union transformed the character of the Soviet championships.

The lecture discussed the legacy of this development for Soviet soccer. In what way did the population of Ukraine identify with the successes of the Ukrainian teams? What role did mass media and Party politics play in this multi-national televised show? The lecture has a particular relevance given the upcoming "Euro 2012" soccer championships this June in Poland and Ukraine.

The lecture took place in Russian.

This event took places under the aegis of the joint project of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Ukraine Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and the German Consulate in Ukraine. This event is part of a project of public lectures by German historians of Ukrainian history who present current scholarly methods to contemporary questions.

Manfred Zeller - Graduate Student at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. His dissertation is entitled, "The culture of fans in the Soviet Union." Author of the following publications: "Our Own Internationale, 1966. Dynamo Kiev Fans between Local Identity and Transnational Imagination",(in: Kritika. Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 12, 1, 53-82), "Euphoria and Exhaustion: Modern Sport in Soviet Culture and Society". Together with Nikolaus Katzer, Sandra Budy and Alexandra Köhring, (Frankfurt/Main, New York, 2010: Campus Verlag), "Wenn der Doppel-Adler Hanteln stemmt. Sport und Gesellschaft in Russland". (Kultura. Russland-Kulturanalysen 03. 2007. Together with Sandra Budy).