IMMIGRANT PLAYERS IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM OF GERMANY AND THE QUESTION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY

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Ahmet Görgen

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This paper is based on the research related to the immigrant players in the national football team and the formation of national identity in Germany. Recent analyses reveal that the success of an immigrant player in the national sports team has been regarded as a useful factor to attract public attention to the contribution of immigrants to the progress of the country. During the matches, discourses coming from the fans depending on the result of the game. They target immigrant players as a scapegoat in the situation of loss. Indeed, this is visible in parallel with the increasing strong critics in the media against these immigrant players. In this paper, the case of Mesut Özil in the German National Football Team is analyzed. The case study offers evidence of whether the success of immigrant players has been an important factor for their inclusion in the national identity in Germany.

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Görgen, A. (2021). IMMIGRANT PLAYERS IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM OF GERMANY AND THE QUESTION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 6(3), 24-37. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2163024g
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Ahmet Görgen, Institute of Political Science, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany

Ahmet Görgen is a post-doctoral researcher, got his Ph.D. in Political Science at JustusLiebig University of Giessen in Germany. Ahmet graduated with distinction fromCyprus International University in Cyprus and got a BA in International Relations.Later, he got a Master’s degree in Global Political Economy at the University of Kasselin Germany. His research interests include social and political theory, history of ideas,qualitative methods, international political economy, human rights and democracy, therefugee crisis in Europe and the rise of far-right ideologies, European integration, socialtransformation in modern Turkey, public intellectuals.

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