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Exploring Migration Experiences of Foreign Footballers to England through the use of autobiographies.

Lally, A., Smith, M. and Parry, K. D., 2021. Exploring Migration Experiences of Foreign Footballers to England through the use of autobiographies. Soccer and Society. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2021.1930535

Abstract

This article examines the sport labour migration of elite footballers who have transferred from another European country to the English Premier League (EPL). Sport labour migration happens for a number of reasons, including financial gain and professional development. With this, however, comes various challenges like cultural shock and cultural dislocation. To extend the research on migration, data was gathered from autobiographies, with ten premier league footballers who had transferred from one of five selected European leagues. Results revealed a number of insights into a player migratory experience, including the importance of settling in, dealing with the characteristics of a new league, a need for positive support from the club and the negative impact of the media. Findings inform how to improve the migration experiences in both sport and other job sectors that require acculturation.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1466-0970
Uncontrolled Keywords:Autobiography; Migration; Sport, Football; Acculturation; Culture
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:35374
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 07:51
Last Modified:15 Jun 2021 13:26

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