Steve Menary

Freelance journalist, author and Erasmus+ project co-ordinator


Regular contributor on sport and business to World Soccer magazine, the BBC World Service and

Lectured on sport at the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Southampton Solent University, the University of Winchester and the University of East London. Author of six books on sport, including Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot (Know The Score 2007, second edition Pitch 2012), GB United? British Olympic football and the end of the amateur dream (Pitch 2010) and A Friendly Business? (CIES 2019).

Long-listed for the best column award in the 2015 Sport Media Pearl Awards and shortlisted for the 2008 National Sporting Club football book of the year award.

Articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals include: 'When is a National Team not a National Team' (Sport in Society, Vol 10, No 2 March 2007), 'Football and the Cyprus conflict' (Soccer & Society Vol 11, No 3 May 2010) and 'To GB or not to GB; The British Olympic Football Team' (Journal of Olympic History Vol 20, No 2 2012), 'One rule for one: the impact of Champions League prize money and Financial fair Play at the bottom of the club game' (Soccer & Society 2015) and 'Game on: the Commercialisation and Corruption of the Pre-Season Friendly' (Soccer & Society 2016).

Conference papers include 2005 Play the Game (Copenhagen, Denmark), 2007 Play the Game (Reykjavik, Iceland), 2010 British Society of Sports Historians annual conference (London), 2011 Play the Game (Cologne, Germany), the 2013 Football Community and Sustainability conference (Manchester), 2013 Play the Game (Aarhus, Denmark), Soccer is a Beautiful Game 2014 (Hofstra, US), 2015 Play the Game (Aarhus, Denmark), the 2016 conference of the sports & politics group at the Political Studies Association (Bournemouth) and 2017 Play the Game (Eindhoven, Netherlands

Presentations at Play the Game conferences:

The Breakaway Leagues that no-one noticed - Play the Game 2017

Football’s Wild West - the commercialisation and corruption of the pre-season friendly - Play the Game 2015

Facebook Fakers, LinkedIn Liars and twaddle on Twitter: Football Scammers on social media - Play the Game 2013

How much is a vote worth? - Play the Game 2011

Football and the Cyprus conflict - Play the Game 2007

When Is a National Team Not a National Team - Play the Game 2005

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