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“Football is the ballet of the crowd”. – Dmitri Shostakovich

Time ago we were designing the project of a new museum for a small football team so we have to think about the relationship between football and museums. We had a simple idea of what a football museum was: trophies behind glass, photos of footballers in the walls, football scarfs, insignia, very old and dusty footballs forgotten in a corner… Many memorabilia, too many, some of that stuff was really irrelevant, no transcendence at al and deeply forgettable. So, to start the project we thought that fans, team followers, besides the bright stars of the team. The number 12 is very important in each team so why the fans are not important in the football museums.

Normally, the museum focus on 100% samples of the team exposed, but then, what about the fans? How to give a tribute in the football museum to those in that expending their money and give loa their support following the team? How to recognize the efforts of those fans who travel 8,000 kms. to cheer their team even when they are loosing? To us, it is much more interesting the journey of someone who travels with little money to attend a game in the other corner of the world. May be we really do not understand those passions at all, but they exist and are part of a very large group of people.

By the other hand, many of these museums, do not use new technologies to project new ideas and contents. We can turn an amateur fun a part of his/her team virtually for a few minutes, to make him/her feel the experience being in the locker room surrounded by his idols in the preliminary stages of a great final game, with the nerves and the anxiety to win around – even including the smell of used sports clothing -. We can send him/her to the football field to feel the clamor of the public in the skin, the star of the team is giving his comments directing to your face with instructions before kickoff, hearing the team anthem, etc. The children will love that experience. This is a field where museolgic evolution and more stills remains to be made.

In that former exercise to design a museum of a football team (small team), we had occasion to document ourselves and see what others were doing about museums with the most important teams in the world. In some cases to show the equipment is important, good contents nothing at all, which is a shame. Some of the museums are boring, may be because small budgets? Let’s look at those who most caught our attention by a reason to another, usually it is because its originality.

National Football Museum / Manchester (England)

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Sao Paulo Museu do Futebol / Sao Paulo (Brasil)

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German Football Museum / Dortmund (Germany) – Opens soon

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Musei della Florentina / Firence (Italy)

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Scottish National Football Museum / Glasgow (Scotland) 

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Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax Museum / Amsterdam (Holland)

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New Wolves Interactive Football Museum / Wolverhampton (England)

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Museo del CF Barcelona / Barcelona (Spain)

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US National Soccer Hall of Fame / Oneonta (USA)

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The Arsenal Museum / London (England)

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Japan Football Museum / Tokyo (Japan)

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We have realized that there are many more out there, but the ones mentioned here were the most impressive to us…

 

 

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