Welcome to our website „When grief and football meet. A cross pass through the culture of mourning in football.“
Especially in football, the theme of mourning and death is very visible. Just think of the minute of silence, the black ribbon or the choreographies for deceased players or fans.
The motivation for this project came from Carmen’s own experience that after the death of two of her children, football gave her the opportunity to recharge her batteries, to switch off and to let all her feelings run free for 90 minutes.
Since 2006 she has been collecting clippings, fanzines, football magazines, interviews, photos, essays etc. that deal with both football and mourning.
The result of Carmen’s collections are recorded in a scientific paper which investigates the question of what happens when football and grief meet. What contribution can football make to the culture of mourning?
The project was initiated in September 2018 by Carmen with support from Tobi. Tanja joined in July 2019. In 2020 David, Inga and Torsten joined the project as freelancers.
We are all football fans from different cities, support different clubs, some of us are club members and season ticket holders.
Together we share the love for football, which tells so many stories of grief, of suffering, of beautiful and sad moments, of happiness, of dreams, of hope and of all that life is about and all that it involves – in good times and bad.
We hope that with this project we can contribute something to bring the (taboo) topic of death and moruning back to life, so that it becomes more natural for us again.
Because one thing is certain: Sooner or later we will all die, but „Don’t worry, there will be football in heaven too“, as Uwe Seeler knows.
Felix Tamsut has written an article about our project in the englishspeaking fanzine „Halb Vier“. The article „Grief in Football“ can be downloaded as a pdf file. Thank you so much to „Halb Vier“ who made this possible.
In addition to the culture of mourning in football in Germany, a further focus of our project has developed, which is the football memorial culture in Great Britain.
Last year Carmen visited London to get a first insight into the English memorial culture. Among others, she also spoke with the former Reverend of Queens Park Rangers. There it is possible to bury ashes of deceased fans behind the goal line. You can find Carmens arctile and some photos in a pdf-file here. Unfortunately it is in German.
We are also on the road to give lectures and report about moruning and football. There are also articles and podcasts with and about us. Unfortunately it is in German.
Please support us:
We are looking for football fans who can send us with their photos of mourning choreographies, empty seats, minutes of silence, graffiti about mourning and football. We are happy about photos from everywhere.
Follow us on twitter under @Trauer_Fussball and send us tweets about mourning and football.
We asearch the social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) for clues about mourning and football. Articles, fanzines, press clippings about football and mourning.
We are also welcome football fans who give us an interview about how football has supported them in their grief or what else they have to say about mourning and football.
We are happy about all feedback, inquiries, hints. If you have any further ideas to support the project, please feel free to contact us at any time.
We are also very interested in networking. Simply get in touch with us.
You can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
We say THANK YOU for your support! Honour and glory in football heaven are guaranteed!