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Publication - Professor Matthew Brown

    Football and Urban Expansion in São Paulo, Brazil, 1880-1920


    Brown, MD & Lanci, G, 2016, ‘Football and Urban Expansion in São Paulo, Brazil, 1880-1920’. Sport in History, vol 36., pp. 162-189


    Football is central to Brazilian society, its way of imagining itself and its position
    in the world. Existing accounts of the origins of football in Brazil in the late
    nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries tend towards mono-causal
    explanations, highlighting the role of British pioneers and Brazilian
    enthusiasm for the game. This article argues for a multi-causal explanation,
    using a mixed methodology of archival research in Brazil and the UK,
    combined with spatial analysis through the development of GIS maps.
    Building upon the existing interpretations, it shows how important the
    historical contexts of dynamics of urban expansion and transport
    infrastructure development – both with considerable British influence – were
    to the establishment of football as Brazil’s national sport.

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