Jewish-Israeli attitudes towards the Iranian football team during the 2014 World Cup tournament

Tal Samuel-Azran, Yair Galily, Amit Lavie-Dinur, Yuval Karniel

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Abstract

To contribute to analysis of the interplay between sport and politics, this study examines Jewish-Israeli attitudes towards the Iranian football team during the 2014 World Cup tournament. A survey amongst a representative sample of the Jewish-Israeli population reveals that the Iranian team was the least favored team to win the games but, at the same time, young and secular respondents were more likely than other groups to believe that the Iranian team is not controlled by their government. An analysis of Israeli sportscasters' comments during Iran's games reveals that the sportscasters regularly referred to the Iranian team as representatives of a terror state. In contrast, an analysis of online mentions of the Iranian team reveals that many of the comments were positive and empathized with Iranian soccer fans. The findings strengthen the notion that sport and politics are fused, but also illuminate that the World Cup games promoted realms, albeit peripheral, of less dichotomist stereotyping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-271
Number of pages20
JournalMedia, War and Conflict
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Jewish
  • fans
  • soccer
  • stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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