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By Carl-Gustaf Scott

This publication employs men's soccer as a lens wherein to enquire questions in terms of immigration, racism, integration and nationwide identification in present-day Sweden. in particular, this research explores if expert soccer serves as a winning version of multiracialism/multiculturalism for the remainder of Swedish society to emulate.

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46 This neocolonial pattern, however, gradually began to break down during the first decade of the twenty-first century. The end of the Cold War, changes in EU law, and increased intercontinental migration aided by the triumph of Liberal Internationalism have together acted to remove many of the long-standing protectionist barriers that had previously impeded the free movement of labor between Africa and Europe. These events, combined with the growing wealth of the biggest European clubs, have had the effect of drawing an ever rising number of African footballers to Europe, even to parts of the continent that either have no, or at least very limited, previous colonial ties to Africa of their own,47 like Sweden.

159 In Sweden, black footballers have not been singled out because people of African descent are the country’s most despised racial or ethnic minority—far from it, in fact, for people belonging to the black African Diaspora (and especially Afro-Americans) possess a certain amount of cultural cache in contemporary Sweden,160 which cannot really be said for Turks, Kurds, or Arabs, for example. 162) Consequently, there are a lot of complex nuances at work here, and this generalization clearly does not apply to Africans of Arabic descent, but the main point is just that black footballers have come under fire from the stands not because they represent the most hated minority group in Swedish society but rather because they have traditionally been the most visible ethnic/racial minority in Allsvenskan.

171 According to Swedish player agent Patrick Mörk (who has personally been instrumental in the construction of many of these networks between Sweden and Africa),172 the days of relying on so-called untested DVD recruits are over. 176 Here it should, however, be emphasized that this more systemic approach to the scouting and recruitment of African footballers only really came about in the first decade of the twenty-first century. 177) The Moroccan goalkeeper Driss El Asmar, for instance, was first spotted by a Swedish businessman who had briefly seen El Asmar play in Rabat.

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