Accepted paper:

Much more than a matter of life and death: football, Chile and the 1973 coup


David Wood (The University of Sheffield)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will explore the use of football stadia as a contested political space in Chile, with a focus on the Estadio Nacional.

Paper long abstract:

The coup that brought General Pinochet to power in September 1973 made Chile's Estadio Nacional synonymous with political violence as thousands were detained there, with many tortured and murdered. This paper will look back to consider briefly the political role played by football stadia prior to 1973 and Chile's presence at the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany. It will move on to explore the ways in which Chilean writers have used football to contest the appropriation by the military of football's symbolic value and close by examining new openings that the game provides after the return to civilian government.

panel P05
Sport and society