Is Sport (Football) a Unifying Force or a Vehicle to Further Separation? The Case of Cyprus

Nicos L. Kartakoullis, Christina Loizou

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Abstract

In recent years studies have shown that sport can serve as a means towards conflict resolution. Since the time of British colonialism in the 1950s, and after its 1960 independence, Cyprus has experienced conflict between its two main communities-the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots. The de facto division of the island in 1974 caused community isolation of the Turkish Cypriots who, for political reasons, have been excluded from participating in international sports competitions. This situation is more visible in football (soccer), the most popular sport on the island. In the last two years the two sides have been trying-so far unsuccessfully-to reinstate the Turkish Cypriots as members of the Official Cyprus Football Federation. This paper gives a background on what has preceded these attempts and discusses whether football is a means of reuniting the two communities, or whether it is used as a vehicle to further separation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1652-1667
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
Volume26
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

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