Gear up as tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th, Bilbao and Barcelona play for the Copa del Rey in the oldest Spanish soccer competition.
Mariann Vaczi graduate of the Center for Basque Studies PhD program (2013), gets us ready as tomorrow one of the most well-known football competitions will take place between Barcelona and Bilbao’s Athletic. Mariann’s most recent article article in Catalan, Les cendres de San Mamés, is about the increasingly popular practice of placing the ashes of the loved ones in soccer stadium. She describes the case of a Bilbao fan who spread the ashes of his sister in San Mamés and who attributed to her intervention the fact that Athletic did not lose the first category that year. This makes reference to one of the chapters of her book “Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain: An Ethnography of Basque Fandom” published by Routledge (2015) and which elaborates on the cultural premises and sociopolitical ties that bind Bilbao’s soccer fans. Mariann did her field work on Bilbao’s athletic club in which she studied soccer from anthropological and sociological perspectives, including the interfaces of sports with globalization, identity, gender, politics and the media.
In addition, Mariann also edited Playing Fields: Power Practice and Passion in Sports, which is a collection of articles on sports from a variety of perspectives and scholarly disciplines.