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Thu. 03 December 2020

Team Spirit Grows in Leicester for FIFA Master 21st Edition Class

As the dust settles on another month as FIFA Masters students, the Humanities of Sport module in Leicester continues to expand our knowledge of sports history and has provided us with a better understanding of both the incredible impact of sport on the world in the past, and also how and why it operates at the present time.

The current sub-module titled the ‘Internationalisation of Sport’ has been headed by none other than our very own Prof. Pierre Lanfranchi, and has been quite an eclectic one for us all. He took us across all continents, and various countries specifically, and not only explored how cultural norms dictated the sporting environment, but also the impact of this on the broader state of sporting affairs within that particular region. It has no doubt started to make the class think a lot more critically about historical events that have unquestionably shaped the ways in which sports in general are presently structured.

Moreover, the classes wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting had they not been taught by quality academics and professionals who have clearly been deeply inspired by their work, which has in turn been reflected in the engagement showed throughout their lectures. From topics such as Football Trafficking and what UNICEF can do to tackle the issue taught by Dr. Serhat Yilmaz, to Sports in Iceland by Professor Vidar Halldorsson, and discussing the critical issues pertaining to Human Rights and what FIFA is actively doing in this area with Andreas Graff, just to name a few, we can see how no two lectures were ever the same. This is what the FIFA Masters is all about and what motivates us as students to get out of bed in the morning, click the Zoom lecture link or walk over to our classroom, and engage with the brilliant minds such as these.

Despite the pandemic, the dedicated efforts shown by both Module Coordinator James Panter and Professor Pierre Lanfranchi cannot go unnoticed here and the class would like to publicly thank them for putting together such a diverse, wide-ranging and thought-provoking sub-module for everyone to enjoy.

Regarding these two key figures, and of course Professor Martin Polley (we didn’t forget you don’t worry!), they’ve continually expressed the importance of the class having the crucial benefit of being together regardless of the pandemic situation currently affecting the world. As a result, time away from the classroom has been nothing short of exciting as each and every member of our class brings elements of their home culture and customs for the group to enjoy. From celebrating Halloween, to Diwali - the festival of lights - and finishing up the month with a delicious Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving last Thursday, we have been blessed to live these moments together, creating memories that will no doubt solidify the bond we have as a class.

This aspect of the FIFA Master has been deemed an essential one, and rightly so. Nevertheless, and quite luckily, with everything we have lived through together, nothing can now prevent us from being a team!


FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, ranked No.1 Course in Europe 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by the SportBusiness International global rankings.

Organised by CIES in partnership with De Montfort University (United Kingdom), SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).


As of 1st October 2020 the CIES has officially opened the application process for the 22nd edition (2021-2022) of the FIFA Master.

Please note that the deadline for applying is midday (12pm) Central European Time on Friday 8th of January 2021.


Only complete applications received by this date will be considered by the Scientific Committee. 

Please click on this link to access the online application form.

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