The Inevitability of Corruption in Greek Football

A. E Manoli, Georgios Antonopoulos, A Bairner

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From the late 1990s, corrupt practices in Greek football have been considered to pose a serious threat to the integrity of the sport, with a number of schemes and measures being introduced as a response. The aim of this article is to show why corruption in Greek football is inevitable by offering a detailed account of three football-related corrupt practices and highlighting their contextual parameters, as well as juxtaposing them against the set of measures that have been implemented. By placing corruption in football in the wider landscape of the country and of global football, and examining the political, structural and economic factors that contribute to the overall managerial and financial implications of corruption, we present the reader with the new norm which, in reality, makes corruption the ‘only game in town’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-215
Number of pages17
JournalSoccer and Society
Issue number2
Early online date14 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


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