The changing face of fandom: the case of Israeli football supporters

Yair Galily, Tal Samuel-Azran

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The article seeks to document the changing patterns in football fandom over the past three decades, since the advent of the so-called era of globalisation, using the case study of Israel. It shows how, in line with global trends, Israeli fans moved from passive following of sport clubs identified with political parties to becoming active supporters with growing involvement in the clubs’ management. The article also traces the shift from party politics to patterns of nationalism and ethnocentrism amongst sport fans. Finally, it shows how Israelis moved from fandom of local clubs to that of foreign clubs, mirroring a similar trend in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-527
Number of pages13
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Football
  • Israel
  • fandom
  • fans
  • football clubs
  • globalisation sport
  • glocalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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