Football and Neoliberalism

Adrian de León
3 min readApr 10, 2023

What is neoliberalism and why does it matter in the football of today? Neoliberalism in crude terms is an economic system that interprets the material world through a free-market lens, and everything in that material world (humans, the environment, nature, society) is treated as a commodity that can be sold to create surplus value. In even more cruder terms: anything that inhibits the free-flowing of trade (and money) = bad; anything that allows trade and surplus to dictate how society is organised = good.

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