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Sports Mega Events (SMEs), Nationalism and Transnationalism: The Euro Cup in the Twenty-First Century

On the completion of its twentieth anniversary, the Taylor & Francis journal Soccer & Society plans to compile and publish a special issue on Sports Mega Events (SMEs), Nationalism and Transnationalism: The Euro Cup in the Twenty-First Century to commemorate the soccer mega event of 2020 - the Euro Cup.

The year 2020 will witness the grand European spectacle in the world of football - the UEFA Euro Cup to be hosted by twelve cities of twelve countries. As the countdown to the UEFA Euro Cup 2020 begins, with the UEFA deciding to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament by organising it in twelve countries, the idea of grand spectacle in terms of sports mega events acquires a unique dimension. It is expected to create a new space of interaction and coalescence of national and transnational forces and feelings to make an intriguing impact upon the football world and beyond. From fans to media, players to team officials, sponsors to broadcasters, hosts to refugees, and organisers to the UEFA establishment, all will be negotiating with this new spatial format of the tournament, which will connect the local, national and global stretch of the game in more meaningful ways than ever - a process worthy and must-exploring for social scientists.

The proposed special issue intends to explore the varied significances of the Euro Cup as a sports mega event (SME) in terms of national and transnational projections in the twenty-first century. The plan is to highlight and assess the new dimensions of the tournament in the new century in terms of hosting, participation, impact and legacy through the lens of national and transnational assertions, conflicts, and interactions. With the 2020 event being unique for its organisation in as many as twelve countries, the special issue provides an opportunity to explore the march to, and possible implications of, this mega event in an interface of local, national and transnational spaces. This collection would thus attempt to bring together scholars from various backgrounds to reflect upon the most important issues in the history of the Euro Cup as an SME in the new century from different perspectives with a focus on nationalism and transnationalism.

Submissions can include but are not limited to topics such as:

Some key issues that authors may relate to the theme in the context of the twentieth century while contemplating their contributions are as follows:

  1. Sports Mega Events (SMEs) and European football
  2. Nation, nationalism, national identity
  3. Globalisation, transnationalism, connectivity
  4. Europeanism and Brexit
  5. Migration and Refugees
  6. Security, violence, terrorism
  7. UEFA and governance
  8. Fandom
  9. Women and gender
  10. Media
  11. Television
  12. Commercialism, sponsorship, branding

Abstracts in about 300-500 words are invited for articles for the special issue. Selected papers will be published as a special issue of Soccer & Society. Since the special issue is being planned to commemorate the Euro 2020, contributions on the forthcoming event are particularly encouraged.

All submissions are to be sent to: [email protected]


Submission of abstract with title: 15 December 2019

Intimation to authors of selected papers: 31 December 2019

Submission of the first draft: 30 April 2020

Communication to authors of comments/queries after review: 30 July 2020

Submission of the final paper: 30 September 2020

All submissions are to be sent to: [email protected]

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