Sports migrants in 'Central' and 'Eastern' Europe: beyond the existing narratives

José Hildo de Oliveira Filho
2020 Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology  
Outside of Europe's top football leagues, migrant athletes are often subjected to short-term contracts, poor housing conditions, isolation and the ever-present risk of premature career termination due to injuries. This paper is part of a current multi-sited ethnography on Brazilian futsal and football migrants in Central and Eastern Europe. It is based on life-history interviews with migrant players and uses transnational lenses to approach sports migrants' movements in these regions. The study
more » ... regions. The study conceptualises futsal and football as an ethnographic continuum. Football and futsal players participate in similar processes of early professionalisation. However, at the ages of 16 or 17, athletes become professionals in either football or futsal, seeking specialisation. The role that borders, families, injuries and emotions play in the lives of sports migrants are also analysed. The current study presents a diversified narrative of contemporary sports migration movements.
doi:10.1590/1809-43412020v17d704 fatcat:aemwdnnx2zh3joz74hcq4k4w2q