ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION

It is conclusively clear from this discussion that football is an example of the interaction between the local and the global in regards to both to the globalization of the sport and to the impact that the game’s globalizing has had on local and national identities.  Many of globalization’s effects today on football have been correlated.  Increased labor flows, for example, have often been the result of capital inputs; and globalization has also resulted in global marketing and branding for athletes and teams.  These interactions of football with the development and realization of national identities and the global economy are undeniable and cannot be ignored.

Tahl Mayer is an alumnus of the United World College system and Brandeis University, with an emphasis on Cultural Globalization and Sustainable Development. He recently moved to New York from Mumbai, having spent a year developing volunteer projects in local slums as a Fellow with the Joint Distribution Committee. His loyalties in club football lie with Liverpool FC and nationally with perennial underachievers Israel, although for this World Cup he is supporting Germany.