• Photo de l'affiche de l'exposition Nous sommes Foot , Mucem © Antonio Mesa / Archives FFF
    Photo de l'affiche de l'exposition Nous sommes Foot , Mucem © Antonio Mesa / Archives FFF
  • Ballon d'or FIFA, 2007, orfèvre dit Meller Mellerio, éditeur France Football. Musée National du Sport, Nice © Musée National du Sport, Nice
    Ballon d'or FIFA, 2007, orfèvre dit Meller Mellerio, éditeur France Football. Musée National du Sport, Nice © Musée National du Sport, Nice
  • Lionel Briot, OM - Olympique Lyonnais, stade Vélodrome, Marseille, 16 août 2002, photographie issue de la série "Virage" © Lionel Briot / Adagp, Paris 2017
    Lionel Briot, OM - Olympique Lyonnais, stade Vélodrome, Marseille, 16 août 2002, photographie issue de la série "Virage" © Lionel Briot / Adagp, Paris 2017
  • Hans van der Meer, Marseille, Montredon, 2004. Centre national des arts plastiques © Hans van der Meer / Hollandse Hootge, 2015
    Hans van der Meer, Marseille, Montredon, 2004. Centre national des arts plastiques © Hans van der Meer / Hollandse Hootge, 2015
  • Caio Vilela, Casablanca, Maroc, 2011 © Photographie Caio Vilela
    Caio Vilela, Casablanca, Maroc, 2011 © Photographie Caio Vilela

We Are Football


J4 niveau 2 (800 m²) | From Wednesday 11 October 2017 to Sunday 4 February 2018

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In the elite neighbourhoods of Paris and the underprivileged housing estates of Marseille, in the ports of Istanbul and Athens, in the suburbs of Algiers and on the beaches of Malaga, football – with its unparalleled popularity – has the ability to bring all the Mediterranean’s residents together. Conversely, the sport also reflects the image of a Mediterranean Basin affected by social divides, violence, racism and fanaticism.

Although it remains the embodiment of a meritocratic ideal, football is also revelatory of planetary economic imbalances. Given the extraordinary financial stakes represented by the “football business”, cases of fraud are on the rise, both during matches and in the determination of winners of major competitions. The outcome of the debate on the professionalization of football, initiated by Jules Rimet, founder of the World Cup, and Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic Games, changed the face of the sport, although more socially aware responses are now offering new outlooks.

In recent history, the terraces of sport venues have been the sites of clashes and propaganda. They have also echoed the social actions of players and supporters who have seized hold of football to return to the roots of the game and to defend the moral, humanist values that it espouses: respect for the rules and for one’s opponents, surpassing oneself, solidarity, team spirit, and so on. In this way, football offers us a magnifying mirror of the moral values and political ideologies of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is revelatory of our societies today, reflecting both their darkest and their brightest aspects. By bringing a ball into its space, the MuCEM wanted to use its 300 pieces, objects, photos, installations and videos to pay tribute to football and to the popular culture that goes along with it, in the Mediterranean in general and Marseille in particular, named the European Capital of Sport for 2017.


General curators: Florent Molle, Heritage Conservator at the MuCEM, and Gilles Perez, author, director and producer of documentary films
Artistic direction: Democracia

A Marseille Provence 2017 European Capital of Sport project
 

Partners and sponsors

With the support of Mutuelles du Soleil and Fédération Française de Football