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December 19, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 19 December

On the 19th of December –

The Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft is founded; first game with modern football rules is played.

In 1887 the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft (German Colonial Society) was founded in Berlin. Its aim was to promote expansionist colonial politics for Germany – rather late in the ‘great game’, of course. It sponsored scientific expeditions and later became more of a propaganda organisation.

Westafrikanische Kautschuk-Expedition, 1899/1900 / C. R. Schlechter. Volume 1900
Kolonien - fördern die Volksernährung
Deutsches Volk, Wach Auf! [German People, Wake Up!] VADS Collection: Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information

By the way, this example is one of the areas where Europeana shines – combining the scattered resources: this German Colonial Society was not a huge or tremendously influential organisation, but it did influence pre-WW1 German politics. The scientific report mentioned above came to Europeana through BHL Biodiversity Heritage Library. The first poster came from the Stadgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, and the second poster from VADS/CultureGrid. Together they paint a very interesting picture of this organisation.

In 1863 the first game in which the newly established Football Association rules were used was played in Mortlake between Barnes and Richmond. It ended in a 0-0 draw, and surprisingly that was also the score at half-time. One of the teams involved was so disappointed that they chose to play Rugby Union rules later.
There is a lot of football/soccer/voetbal/fussball/futbol in Europeana – it is an important part of European culture.
Johan Cruijff scoort het tweede doelpunt
Nuje tenimme a Maradona


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