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Football in Mexico: 'A Paradise for Foreigners'?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Keith Brewster, Dr Claire Brewster



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.

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This article traces the development of Mexican football from its inception to the successful hosting of two World Cup finals. We place our analysis within a post-revolutionary context that exalted the virtues of self-discipline and self-sacrifice that sport could contribute towards the patriotic endeavour of “improving the race”. We argue that the peculiar nature of the post-revolutionary state, in which a symbiotic relationship between public and private endeavours was encouraged, contributed towards the distinct nature of football in Mexico and, importantly, influenced the way in which sporting culture contributed to the Mexican migrant experience in the United States.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Brewster K, Brewster C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Bulletin of Latin American Research

Year: 2018

Volume: 37

Issue: 5

Pages: 539-552

Online publication date: 08/11/2018

Acceptance date: 08/05/2017

Date deposited: 14/11/2018

ISSN (print): 0261-3050

ISSN (electronic): 1470-9856

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/blar.12600


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