The professionalization of Finnish and Hungarian top-level football players since the 1980s

Mihaly Szerovay, Hannu Itkonen

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to increase the understanding of the global and local contexts in football by finding out what complex and interdependent social, cultural and economic dimensions seem to shape periphery football. More specifically, the differences and similarities of Finnish and Hungarian elite youth football clubs in the 2010s are discussed. The theoretical framework is formulated within the social sciences of sport around the globalization of football. The main sources of data are interviews with football practitioners as well as popular publications on Finnish, Hungarian, and international football. The data were analysed with thematic content analysis. It was found that the concept and organization of top-level youth football is different in these two countries. At the same time, homogenization processes related to professionalization and specialization were observed. It is suggested that in spite of their peripheral status, both countries have become increasingly integrated into the global football system. However, the results also indicate that it is highly challenging for these countries to compete on the global football market. Keywords: periphery football, glocalization, youth football, Finland
Translated title of the contributionThe professionalization of Finnish and Hungarian top-level football players since the 1980s
Original languageFinnish
Title of host publication Urheilun toinen puoli. Suomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2015
EditorsHeikki Roiko-Jokela, Esa Sironen
Place of PublicationJyväskylä
Publisher Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura [The Finnish Society for Sport History]
ISBN (Print)978-952-67440-4-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Szerovay, M., & Itkonen, H. (2015). Suomalaisten ja unkarilaisten huippujalkapalloilijoiden aseman muutokset 1980-luvulta nykypäiviin. In H. Roiko-Jokela, & E. Sironen (Eds.), Urheilun toinen puoli. Suomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2015 Jyväskylä: Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura [The Finnish Society for Sport History].
Szerovay, Mihaly ; Itkonen, Hannu. / Suomalaisten ja unkarilaisten huippujalkapalloilijoiden aseman muutokset 1980-luvulta nykypäiviin. Urheilun toinen puoli. Suomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2015. editor / Heikki Roiko-Jokela ; Esa Sironen. Jyväskylä : Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura [The Finnish Society for Sport History], 2015.
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Szerovay, M & Itkonen, H 2015, Suomalaisten ja unkarilaisten huippujalkapalloilijoiden aseman muutokset 1980-luvulta nykypäiviin. in H Roiko-Jokela & E Sironen (eds), Urheilun toinen puoli. Suomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2015. Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura [The Finnish Society for Sport History], Jyväskylä.

Suomalaisten ja unkarilaisten huippujalkapalloilijoiden aseman muutokset 1980-luvulta nykypäiviin. / Szerovay, Mihaly; Itkonen, Hannu.

Urheilun toinen puoli. Suomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2015. ed. / Heikki Roiko-Jokela; Esa Sironen. Jyväskylä : Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura [The Finnish Society for Sport History], 2015.

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