29 June 2011

Degerfors applies for money

Swedish club Degerfors IF is the holder of the only football museum in Sweden. It is a classic club of the industrial era and with the decline in industry the football team has given very uneven performances for quite some time now. Lately though, the team enjoys good form in the Swedish second division.
The municipality of Degerfors are like most Swedish countryside municipalities of today under great financial strain. So, in order for the clubs to meet with Swedish FA regulations of stadium recquirements, Degerfors has applied for extra funds from the region council (reports Karlskoga-Kuriren).

These funds would include money to spend on the refurbishment of the stadium of Stora Valla. The Degerfors football museum is not located in the stadium but in a building nearby but the notion is to move the museum, perhaps not into a stand but surely in the stadium's own area.

More on this as the projects develops.

20 June 2011

Aberdeen plans for club museum

Aberdeen FC are set to build a new stadium holding 21'000 spectators. The £40 million project is underway with its aim to be an iconic landmark and an important gateway to Aberdeen.
The stadium plan includes a club shop, a gym, a café and gladly, a museum.

Read more on BBC Scotland

We hope to address these museum plans as the project develops.

14 June 2011

Museum Ball I: Society for outdoor games

The collection number GM:35554 stands for a lovely old football from the beginning of the 20th century. It belonged to the "Society for outdoor games" in Göteborg/Gothenburg, Sweden (founded in 1893). The ball is made of leather, weighs 420 grams and is 19 centimetres across.
It was aquired to the former History Museum in Göteborg in 1977 which collections has been reorganised into the Göteborg City Museum.

This ball featured in the 2004 exhibition "Handens Intelligens" (Intelligence of the Hand) at the Göteborg City Museum

8 June 2011

Exhibition: Sexuality and Football

Germany is the host of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and in realtion to the tournament the Gay Museum of Berlin (Schwules Museum) is to open a new exhibition, on June 23rd, entitled: On the other side - Artistic throw-ins to FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011. (Andererseits - Künstlerische Einwürfe zur Frauenfußball WM 2011).

The Museum has invited artists, interested in using the means at their disposal to research the conflict between sex, (homo) sexuality and football. The exhibition will raise the “flags” and broach the subject of football as a field of “doing gender”, as a playground for social and cultural issues upon which the debate about societal gender assignment is also fought very heatedly.

A catalogue will be published. Among other events Tanja Walther-Ahrens will present her new book “Seitenwechsel” (Changing Sides).

Opening: Thursday, 23rd June 2011, 7 p.m.
Location: Schwules Museum, Ground Floor and Second Floor (Entrance 1st Yard)
Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin
Duration: 24th June until 25th September 2010
Project Manager: Dr. Birgit Bosold

1 June 2011

Fact File: Real Madrid Museum

The Real Madrid Musem

Real Madrid C.F is a Spanish club, founded in 1902, playing in the Primera division, also known as La Liga.

Location: in their home ground Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Opening year: 1999
Annual visitor number: 700 000
Collection size: 8000 objects (about 5% is on display)

For successful football campaigns it is hard to find any club that has a greater record than the Madrid whites of Real. Even impossible. And Real has the trophy to prove it in their museum: FIFA awarded them a grand trophy for being voted "the Best Club of the Century". Other priceless trophies are the original European cup and the first victory, the 1905 Spanish Cup.

Perhaps not the biggest win but surely the biggest and heaviest trophy is one made out as a castle, wighing 75 kg and 1,5 metres high.

Two players really stand out in the Real Madrid saga, both are represented in the museum collections and exhibitions with numerous shirts and boots: Alfredo di Stefano and Rául.
Especially legendary are the last boots of di Stefano. Other player-related objects are gloves of keeper Iker Casillas and the boots of Peda Mijatovic, worn in the 1998 Champions League final.

The museum's collections also holds objects and archive material of the 25 other sport sections of Real Madrid.

Thanks to Rubén Rueda, Real Madrid

Read more about the Real Madrid Museum at their website