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Andrei Markovits
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Andrei Markovits is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan.

Markovits's topics of interest and areas of publication include: German and European labor; German and European social democracy, as well as social movements; German-Jewish relations; Germany's role in the new Europe; Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism in Europe; and -- most recently -- the comparative sociology of modern sports cultures.

Recent books include:
Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism (co-authored with Steven L. Hellerman)
Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America
Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture (co-authored with Lars Rensmann, publishing July 2010)

Entries by Andrei Markovits

On Socialism, Social Democracy, and Democratic Socialism

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 4:29 PM

The word "socialist" has been widely used by people of very different political persuasions. In its most basic and most broadly understood form, the term denotes a political and economic system in which private property has disappeared in favor of communal property, where ownership of all value has become socialized...

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FIFA, the Video Game: A Major Vehicle for Soccer's Popularization in the United States

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 6:42 PM

Co-authored by Adam I. Green

On June 26, 2014, in a World Cup game at the Arena Amazonia Manaus in Manaus, Brazil, the United States Men's National Soccer team found itself at a crucial juncture. Having already picked up three points with a win over Ghana a few days prior,...

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UEFA: Do the Right Thing and Secede From FIFA Even After Sepp Blatter's Resignation

(12) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 5:23 PM

Following the ignominy that beset FIFA in the past week, and despite Sepp Blatter's unexpected but all-too-welcomed resignation, I still urge UEFA to go one step further and leave FIFA altogether! Secede from this organization that has proven to be beyond meaningful reforms.

UEFA's leadership is meeting this weekend in...

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FIFA's Recent Scandal Will Not Alter Association Football's Problems

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 2:32 PM

The arrests in Zurich this week of some FIFA officials is totally embarrassing for Sepp Blatter and the powers that be at FIFA but actually quite meaningless in terms of actual consequences and real changes for the game itself for one reason and one reason only: FIFA's total monopoly over...

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The Discourse of Compassion Shaping Some of Our Most Important Current Controversies In Sports

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 3:23 PM

All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have...

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American Soccer's Steady Journey From Periphery to Core, Where Germany Has Comfortably Resided for Decades

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Even though Germany and the United States will share their presence -- with Ghana and Portugal -- in Group G (a.k.a. the Group of Death) at the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil, and even though they will play against each other on June 26 in Recife, the tournament's cultural importance,...

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Madrid Is the Current Capital of the Soccer World: But It Is a Most Divided One

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Co-authored by Jennifer Herstein

The sports world will witness a unique event on Saturday, May 24 when Real Madrid will be confronting Atlético de Madrid in Lisbon to decide the 2014 European club champion, arguably the most pedigreed and coveted title in the world of club soccer and the sport's...

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A Plea for Remunerating Student-Athletes in Revenue-Generating College Sports

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 12:10 PM

The controversy about paying student athletes has one sacrosanct origin: amateurism. Derived from the Latin amator and the Old French amateur, as in "lover of," the -ism part hails from the notion of mens sana in corpore sano -- a healthy mind in a healthy body -- that, starting in...

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The Virtual Absence of Germany's Concrete Effects on Europe in the Current Campaign for the Bundestag

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Co-authored by Joseph Klaver (University of Michigan)

In our following the current electoral campaign culminating in the vote on Sunday, September 22, we have been struck by the virtual absence of any serious debate about the certain effects that German policies -- or their non-existence -- will have on Germany's...

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A Paean to Boredom: Speculations on the Outcome of the Bundestag Election of September 22nd, 2013

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Co-authored by Joseph Klaver (University of Michigan)

The Founding Fathers (and mothers) of the Federal Republic of Germany set out in the late 1940s to create a political system that was to foster stability, moderation, mediation, gradualism - in short the precise opposite of the destructive turbulence of the...

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Hockey Needs to Be the Centerpiece for Protest at the Sochi Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 6:58 PM

It is absolutely imperative that the world not remain silent about the viciously homophobic legislation and policies pursued by the Putin government and, alas, its considerable support among important institutions (such as the Russian Orthodox Church) as well as in public opinion. And nothing will provide a more potent global...

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The Political and Cultural Subtext of the Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Final

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 1:29 PM

By Martin Krauss and Andrei S. Markovits

Well beyond soccer and sports, much of the world's attention will be fixated this Saturday on Wembley Stadium where -- for the very first time in the pedigreed history of this tournament -- Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will play for the title...

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Only Fans Can Ban Racism Among European Soccer Spectators

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Perhaps the most promising factor in the recent incident involving Kevin-Prince Boateng -- the Ghanaian-German midfielder for the venerable Italian soccer club AC Milan, kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the field in the middle of the game after having reached his limit of being subjected to...

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College Sports as Product Differentiation

(6) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 3:17 PM

The spate of recent criticisms regarding college sports -- meaning the big-time revenue makers of football and men's basketball with few worries allotted to swimming or gymnastics -- center on two arguments: that their behemoth existence is detrimental to the university's mission of education and scholarship; and that their prominence...

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Women as Civilizing Agents

(10) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 11:10 AM

Kudos to the Japanese team on winning its first World Cup! Apart from this unexpected outcome, the real winner has been a wonderful atmosphere of genuine competition and fierce contestation among the teams on the field, accompanied by a civility and congeniality among thousands of fans in the stands, Germany's...

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The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Elections

(7) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 12:07 PM

Together with the young Israeli academic and New York University professor Liel Leibovitz, Todd Gitlin, one of our finest intellectuals and -- to me at least -- the most authentic and simpatico voice of the genuinely democratic and universalistic American left, offers us a thought-provoking book that deserves much attention...

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The Singing of National Anthems in International Soccer

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 12:40 PM

The World Cup ended on Sunday, July 11th. Many of us delighted in this tournament not only as inveterate soccer fans, but also as witnesses to a unique event that unified the globe for more than a month. And yet, the potentially divisive forces of nationalism have not vanished. Clearly,...

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An American Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 12:08 PM

By Andrei S. Markovits and Lars Rensmann

In case you haven't noticed, there is an authentic soccer culture in America. Team USA's performance against England showed once more that American teams, and the soccer culture they represent, can compete with the best of the world. The skills that these players...

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The Next Level

(11) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 9:50 AM

From pariah to contender -- America is no longer reviled in the soccer world, but we are still chasing complete acceptance, and the 2010 World Cup will decide the future of soccer in America and the country's standing among the world's soccer nations.

Significant strides have been...

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The Last Legitimate Bastion of "Separate but Equal"

(18) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 9:18 AM

Eri Yashoda, an 18-year old female knuckleball pitcher from Japan, will commence playing minor league ball for the Chico Outlaws this spring. She will thus be the first female to pitch in professional ball since Ila Borders retired more than 10 years ago. But will this...

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