Heritage and Change in European Football

This paper looks at the Europeanisation of football, which can be understood as a process of rescaling wherein spatial and temporal dimensions are central. It discusses the creation of trans-national club competitions, the increase in player mobility across borders, and the European Super League as examples of this process, highlighting that the legitimacy of such rescaling depends, in its substance, on very specific interactions between the local and the European, and, as a process, on the participation of a wide variety of actors. At a time where the resistance to EU integration increases, spatial and temporal perspectives offer important insights into the experience of European integration: what it means to live with and under EU law.