Accepted paper:

Football, tramways and the birth of a Brazilian metropolis: the British presence in São Paulo 1890-1930

Author:

Gloria Lanci (University of Bristol)

Paper short abstract:

The paper will present preliminary findings of a project that quantifies, maps and analyses the British presence in São Paulo. It will discuss the possible links between the direction of urban expansion and the establishment of football grounds in the city.

Paper long abstract:

São Paulo grew considerably in 1890-1930, a period that witnessed unprecedented urban expansion and the transformation of the game of Association Football into the national sport in Brazil. The impact of the British community on these two developments is not widely known. The paper will present preliminary findings of a project that quantifies, maps and analyses the British presence in São Paulo. It will discuss the possible links between the direction of urban expansion and the establishment of football grounds in the city, and related changes in ideas of progress, modernity and civility that united the first footballers.

panel P05
Sport and society