Euro 2012, the ‘civilizational leap’ and the ‘supporters United’ programme: a football mega-event and the evolution of fan culture in Poland

Radosław Kossakowski


The objective of this article is to evaluate the social and cultural significance of the ‘Supporters United’ programme, an unprecedented initiative combining fan culture, institutional actors and local authorities. The idea of this initiative was born during the preparation for Euro 2012 – first Mega Sport Event which Poland had organized since the system transformation in 1989. The organization of the European Championship was a milestone in the implementation of fan projects in Poland. The article discusses various activities undertaken by supporter centers, which provide evidence of the ‘civilizing’ evolution of fan culture. Importantly, such terms as ‘civilizational leap’ dominated Polish public discourse in the context of Euro 2012. Although the event generated infrastructural rather than social changes in Poland, the implementation of ‘Supporters United’ is its important legacy. This article also considers future possibilities for the development of fan initiatives in Poland.
Author Radosław Kossakowski (FSS / IPSJ / DSEL)
Radosław Kossakowski,,
- Division of the Sociology of Everyday Life
Journal seriesSoccer and Society, ISSN 1466-0970, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.7
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3316 Cultural Studies; 3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.728
Citation count*1 (2020-03-19)
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