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Publication details for Professor Kay Schiller

Schiller, Kay (2015). Siegen für Deutschland? Patriotism, Nationalism and the German National Football Team, 1954-2014. Historical Social Research 40(4): 176-196.

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»Siegen für Deutschland? Patriotismus, Nationalismus und die Deutsche
Fußball-Nationalmannschaft 1954-2014«. This article discusses the relationship
between expressions of patriotism, nationalism and national identity
and the fortunes of the German national football team by examining developments
from the 1950s until the present. It analyses the varying degrees of
identification of the Germans with their national team from the wave of enthusiasm
that greeted the 1954 World Cup win to the more sober reception the
team received thereafter which climaxed in the ‘denationalization’ of the national
team during the 1974 World Cup. It then explains the renationalization
of discourses and practices associated with the team from the late 1980s onwards
to end with a discussion of the ‘partyotism’ during the 2006, 2010 and
2014 World Cups. The article argues that while the identification of the Germans
with their national football team is a useful indicator of more general
historical and cultural trends, one should not overestimate its relevance for determining
the degree of nationalism in German society.