FC EuroClio – Local stories to tackle big events

Sharing Session facilitated by EuroClio

How can we use the life stories of football, tennis, volleyball players, authors, painters, singers, and other individuals to help our students reflect on issues of inclusion, exclusion, and discrimination? What is the connection between a small and local history, and big world events? How do the life stories of people intertwine with social, cultural, economic and political histories?

In this session, EuroClio Ambassador and member of the Football Makes History team Chris Rowe will walk us through the process that led him to the development of 100+ Football Life Stories (all available on the website footballmakeshistory.eu). How did he select which stories to include? How do the “Thinking Points” come to be? How does he see these life stories enter the classroom?

After a short presentation, we will put his idea to the test: divided in smaller groups, we will add some life stories to the collection. These life stories can be linked to football, but they can also connect to other artists, athletes, or any other individuals. The results of this exercise will be published on the EuroClio website.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this session is free.

Donors and partners

FC EuroClio – Football History in Practice

Hosted by Denver Charles, Enrico Cavalieri, and Stefán Svavarsson (Football Makes History Team)

This session will focus on three lessons that have been developed in the Football Makes History Project:

  • What does identity have to do with football? – Presented by Denver Charles

    This activity focuses on the analysis of historical examples to investigate how particular moments in history influence the formation of people (and club’s) identity, ultimately becoming embedded in it. Ultimately, the activity helps students explore their (multiple) personal identities, and express them to their peers.
    You can find this activity on Historiana ->

  • Disappearing from football and the world – Presented by Enrico Cavalieri

    This activity asks students to use historical sources (mostly newspaper articles) to reconstruct the life story of Árpád Weisz, brilliant football player, coach, and victim of the Holocaust. In reconstructing his life story, students learn how to analyse sources and use them to write the biography of historical figures.
    You can find this activity on Historiana ->

  • The European Championships: Euro 2016 at different times – Presented by Stefán Svavarsson
    This activity helps teachers and students reflect on just how fluid European borders have been in the last 150 years, and how concepts like nationality and ethnicity can be difficult to define. This activity can be used to tackle the rise of nationalism and the idea of the nation state, and to look into the effects of politics on nationalism during the 19th and 20th centuries.
    You can find this activity on Historiana ->

After a short presentation of the three lessons, participants will divide in parallel rooms, where they will experience one of the activity hands on, putting themselves in the shoes of students.


Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

Participation Fee

Participation to this session is free.

Donors and Partners

FC EuroClio: Passing it to the Classroom – A Webinar Series

Some would say football is nothing more than 22 people chasing a ball around a pitch for 90 minutes. Those people are not necessarily wrong, but history is made up of whatever people have come to value, and certainly football – a game played and watched by billions for over 100 years – seems highly valued.

Sport – and particularly football – appeals to millions of Europeans, regardless of their sexual orientation, colour, gender, age, nationality or religion, often becoming a defining factor of identities and communities. Football history is made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, which can open doors to the conversations we need to have in the present, as it helps to promote shared values, equality, non-discrimination and social inclusion.

We are proud to launch our webinar series and thematic month on football history & education.

The design of this webinar series

“FC EuroClio” will consist of three online sessions, taking place on three consecutive Fridays (28/05, 04/06, 11/06). It will open with a Panel Discussion on the Social Significance of Sport. The panel discussion will bring forward voices from various fields, including academia, journalism, heritage, education, and football. The Panel Discussion will be followed by parallel workshops on how football history can be used in the classroom, with examples on how to use it to teach about what is “identity”, the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and changing borders in continental Europe in 1800 and 1900.
The webinar series will end with an interactive session, during which we will look into how the life stories of (extra)ordinary people can be used to spark discussion in the classroom, and collectively design new life stories.

What will you learn?

During the webinar series, you will:

● Learn examples that address the history of rising fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and the formation of the European nation state in the XIX and XX
● Discuss the social significance of sports, and whether there is a space for sport in the classroom, with colleagues from across Europe;
● Discuss your experiences in using sports to teach history with colleagues from across Europe;
● Learn more about the Football Makes History project and its results.

Football Makes History

The ‘Football Makes History‘ project started in September 2018 with the purpose to bring football history to the classroom to:

● Promote diversity, non-discrimination and equality, including gender equality;
● Promote social, civic and intercultural competencies and critical thinking;
● Engage cultural heritage by accessing the histories, memories and legacies residing in football history in transnational perspectives, both at local and national level;
● Raise public awareness on the role of learning for social inclusion and increase the sharing of innovative practices across the continent.

Check out the dedicated website: you’ll find inspiring stories, videos and innovative educational resources.

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar series is free.

Please register to the entire series even if you wish to attend only one session.

Contact us!

Would you like more information on the webinar series?

Please, reach out at secretariat@euroclio.eu with the subject line “football makes history”. We will be in contact as soon as possible.

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FC EuroClio – Football Meets Society: towards inclusive history education?

Panel Discussion with Dr. Kevin Moore, Petra Landers, and Prof. Dr. Gijsbert Oonk.

Football – and sport in general – promotes sportsmanship, a healthy lifestyle and team spirit. Nevertheless, this much-vaunted “power of sport” also has a downside, from which the sport prefers to turn away: violence, racism, sexual harassment, doping, match fixing and subversion. Viewed in this way, sport is a mirror of society. Nonetheless it is this mirror that many youngsters easily can relate to. They share – together with educators, trainers and coaches – a strong passion for the game. Often, they play themselves, they have their favorite national and international clubs and they follow the results almost daily. They know football stories.

To which extent can we use the passion of the game in our (history) teaching and citizenship training to tell stories of equality and inequality, racism, patriotism, gender, migration and diversity?

We have invited journalists, representatives of football clubs, heritage organization teachers and fans to discuss the options and limits of sport and sport- stories as an educational tool. A tool that can used in formal teaching, civic trainings, in club museums and indeed on a grass-root level at the local clubs.

The overall aim of the Football Makes History project is to contribute to the reduction of the number of people at risk of social exclusion across Europe by pursuing these specific objectives:

  • promote diversity, non-discrimination and equality, including gender equality;
    Innovate formal and non-formal learning leading to social, civic and intercultural competences and critical thinking;
  • support the professional development of educators and youth workers and build the capacity to develop and implement innovative teaching methods;
  • engage cultural heritage for all by accessing the histories, memories and legacies residing in football history in transnational perspectives on all levels;
  • raise public awareness on the role of learning for social inclusion and increase the sharing of innovative practices across the continent.

Where do we succeed? What are the limits and possibilities of this approach? To what extent should clubs make use of such approaches?

Meet our speakers

Kevin Moore, Football and sports historian, author, academic.

Kevin Moore grew up in Nantwich, Cheshire, in the UK, an historic market town, which gave him a strong interest in history. He was introduced by his family to football, cricket, pop music and film as a child and these remain great passions in his life! He is a fan of sport in general and is fascinated by the huge variety of sports we have around the world, ancient and modern. Kevin studied history as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Liverpool. He has been a Lecturer in History in Liverpool, and between 1992 and 1997 he was a Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, the world’s leading centre of its kind for postgraduate teaching and research. Kevin has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO, including being the Founding Director (CEO) of the National Football Museum for England and the first CEO of a major statutory body.


Petra Landers, footballer, coach, mentor.

Petra Landers is a four time German champion, as well as winner of the 1989 European Cup with the German National Team. When in 1981 Germany was invited to send a team to Taiwan, to play in an unofficial world championship, her club (Bergisch Gladbach) was chosen to represent Germany. In 1982, she became member of the first ever German women’s national football team. After having contributed to the rise of women’s football in Germany and a 9 years pause from the game, she became coach and mentor of a group of girls in Lusaka in Zambia. In 2017, she played in the “Equal Playing Field” match, 5715m high on Mount Kilimanjaro.


This session will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Gijsbert Oonk, who  holds the Jean Monnet Chair (ad Personam): Europe in Globalizing World: Migration, Citizenship and Identity. This chair promotes education and research in the field of Global History, European Studies and National Identity. The Jean Monnet chairs are an initiative of the European Commission to promote education, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies at higher education institutions. Oonk is the founding director of the Sport and Nation research program at Erasmus University Rotterdam. This interdisciplinary research program focuses on talented athletes with a migrant background within football and the Olympic Games in the context of changing citizenship, multiple citizenship and elite migration. Gijsbert is also Academic Advisor at EuroClio, especially in relation to the Football Makes History project.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

Participation Fee

Participation to this webinar is free.

Donors and partners

Teaching history through the lens of football

International Day of Education: Celebrating with football history

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed January 24th as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development and highlighting how inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities should be available for all.

EuroClio’s own Football Makes History project keeps inclusive education at the forefront, aiming to help young people explore European history and heritage through the lens of football to tackle social exclusion. We look at issues of racism, gender & sexism, homophobia, migration, poverty & inequality, nationalism, war & peace – all through the lens of the world’s most popular game!

Our project – financed through the Erasmus+ scheme of the European Union –  is now entering its final stages and we are publishing educational resources on a weekly basis. We’d like to seize the opportunity of the International Day of Education to showcase some of the ways our project can benefit you as an educator to teach an inclusive history.

The ready-made and transferable learning activities on European football history are designed to help tackle rising intolerance and engage students in critical thinking. Among others you’ll find lesson plans exploring nationalism and the links to armed conflicts, borders and national identities,  football and identity markers, and economic inequalities – with many more to come!

In addition to these full-fledged lessons plans, we have also added another feature useful to the educator: The Football Lives. These profiles are not your usual hall of fame. While some football lives are heroic and have paved the way for inclusion, democracy and human rights, others have done just the opposite. Take for instance the journey of Alex Villaplane who went from sporting hero, captaining France at the 1930 World Cup, to being executed by firing squad as a war criminal and collaborator with the Nazi occupier in 1994! A traitor to some can of course also be a hero to others. One such figure is Jörg Berger whose footballing career stalled after he refused to sign up as an informer for the East German secret police, Stasi, before later escaping to the West. While celebrating great footballers with interesting backgrounds (hello Zlatan, Maradona, Rapinoe and Özil!), our life stories also point to some of the darker sides of football and football history. Robert Enke committed suicide after years of suffering from depression. Was football partly at fault?

A common feature of all these Football Lives is that they tell a wider story that could feature as part of a history lesson. To help you as an educator, we have included a few “thinking points” to each story.

Have you already used (or plan to use!) some of our lesson plans or life stories in your teaching practice? If so, we’d love to hear from you! (please get in touch with Andreas Holtberget at andreas@euroclio.eu!)

We finally invite you to follow our Football Makes History accounts on social media to get the latest of both news and educational material. Stay tuned also for a number of professional development opportunities that will take place online or on site in the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and the UK this coming Spring. EuroClio’s own webinar series on football history will kick off 28th May!

Join the #FootballPeople weeks movement!


The #FootballPeople weeks is the largest global campaign to celebrate diversity and tackle discrimination in football, and this year’s event takes place between 8th and 22nd October.

Join other educational institutions, schools, as well as grassroots groups, clubs and NGOs throughout Europe.
You can take part by organising Football Makes History activities or by using the Fare network Educational Toolkit. All we ask you to do is to register your activity and run this during the #FootballPeople weeks.

Go to https://fare.force.com/FootballPeopleRegisterActivity_4736192 to register your activity!

Fare can also send you resources and materials to promote your event upon request. You'll also get activities from our Football Makes History project to undertake as part of the #FootballPeople weeks if you wish to try them out.
For more information about the Football Makes History project head to footballmakeshistory.eu and for the Fare toolkit see https://www.farenet.org/news/fare-launches-first-ever-educational-diversity-toolkit-resource-for-young-people/.


Join the #FootballPeople Movement To Help Fight Inequality!

The Fare Network, a partner of our Football Makes History project is organizing a movement to help fight inequality - the #FootballPeople weeks. This event unites supporters, players, clubs, minority groups, and communities alike to support equality and inclusion. The #FootballPeople weeks will take place between 8 and 22 October 2020.

This is the largest social change campaign in football. It will unite over 150,000 people together to advocate against social injustices such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and support inclusion, diversity, and social change with more than 2,000 events in over 50 countries.

The Fare Network is now offering grants up to €500 for both large and small organizations so they may hold related activities during the #FootballPeople weeks. The deadline to apply is 31 August 2020. You may be inspired to hold an activity related to the #Blacklivesmatter movement, the #METOO movement, or about a chosen ethnic minority. Other activities include:


• Host an online discussion or networking event
• Organise an e-sports tournament
• Put on a socially distanced football tournament
• Produce educational materials for your school
• Celebrate minority players in football
• Give football taster sessions to women or girls who do not already play football

Also, we are pleased to announce the Fare Network has released a new educational resource kit! This can be used to educate young people between 14 and 18 against discrimination and celebrate difference! The educational materials are designed for teachers in schools, NGO's and youth clubs who want to discuss the topic of anti-discrimination in the classroom.

Important links:

Football Makes History*: Understanding migration and the multicultural society through football

Julia Flegel Project Updates

The 3rd Short-term Joint Staff Training was held from the 01.11-03.11.2019 in Frankfurt, Germany hosted by the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum.

Under the overall goal of enhancing social cohesion and promoting diversity in the educators’ everyday work, 30 participants, school history educators and youth workers, were offered training, expertise and professional development, especially on the topics discrimination and migration in football together with 10 participants of the partner organisations EuroClio, FARE NETWORK and EINTRACHT FRANKFURT MUSEUM.

At first, participants learned about the German Football context via presentations by staff members of the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum, the DFB-Kulturstiftung (DFB-Cultural Foundation) and the head of “Koordinationsstelle für Fanprojekte” (Coordination office for fan projects). The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the development of the Learning Activities, the Toolkit and the Policy Recommendations, as well as story-telling in football – all key deliverables of the Football Makes History Project.

In two time slots, two parallel workshops on the Learning activities formed the core of the three-day training, in which four sample Learning Activities, formal and non-formal, were introduced to the participants, as well as tested out and evaluated by them.

Another highlight of the weekend was the opportunity to attend Eintracht Frankfurt’s 5-1 Bundesliga victory over Bayern Munich at a sold out stadium in Frankfurt. A big thanks to our colleagues at the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum for arranging tickets for everyone!

Football Makes History* : Addressing the Inclusion of National Minorities

Agustin De Julio Project Updates

From the 2nd to the 5th of May, the 2rd Short-Term Staff Training for the Football Makes History project took place in Bucharest, Romania. The Training was organised by the Romanian Football Federation, one of the partners in the Project.

28 enthusiastic developers from all over Europe met in the capital city of Romania for this meeting, which focused on the inclusion of national minorities, both in football and in public life in general. Presentations on this topic, which is of high relevance within the Romanian context, were given by the Florin Sari, CSR Manager of the Romanian Football Federation, and by Ms. Lacziko Eniko Katalin, State Secretary for Interethnic Minorities.

During the meeting, developers presented the topics that they would like to touch upon in the educational material they are creating to each other (such as how to use football and football teams to teach the concept of border, on to promote the integration of refugees). Then, guided by EuroClio and the consortium partners, they dived into their materials, further structuring the activities and defining future steps to be taken.

Materials will continue to be developed during the summer, also by means of piloting throughout Europe. The Consortium and Developers will meet again at the beginning of November 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, hosted by the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum.

In the coming weeks, we will publish a complete report on the Bucharest Short Term Staff Training: Stay Tuned to know more about the event and its results!

Read here the public report for the Bucharest Short-Term Staff Training.

* Project implemented with the financial support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as part of the initiative “Football History for Inclusion – Innovative collaborations of school education and youth through the prism of local football history for social inclusion and diversity”.

Football Makes History*: Third Transnational Project Meeting in Bucharest

Agustin De Julio Project Updates

The 3rd Transnational Project Meeting for the Football Makes History project took place in Bucharest, Romania on the 6th of May 2019.

The partner organisations: Anne Frank House, EuroClio, Eintracht Frankfurt Museum, Evenzo Consultancy, Fare Network and the Romanian Football Federation, met in order to discuss the development of the project and further develop the strategy to successfully bring the project to fruition.

An evaluation of the Short-Term Staff training that took place from the 2nd -5th of May in Bucharest was performed, and specific intellectual outcomes of the project were discussed. Among them, the results of the survey for the Needs Assessment were analysed, the design of the Policy Recommendations was presented and the tentative design of the Public Awareness Campaigns were addressed.

This meeting will be followed up during the next Transnational Project Meeting, which will take place in Frankfurt am Main, during the 8th and 9th of October, in preparation for the subsequent Short-Term Staff Training, taking place in early November 2019 in Frankfurt.

* Project implemented with the financial support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as part of the initiative “Football History for Inclusion – Innovative collaborations of school education and youth through the prism of local football history for social inclusion and diversity.