About me

Petra Tabarelli

Archivist • Historian • Author • Specialist

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Head of the local archive of Bingen on the Rhine

Appointed member of the German Academy of Football Culture

Vice president Historische Gesellschaft Bingen


Research Interests

History & Nostalgia

The History and Development of Football Rules (esp. the Offside Rule).

History and Nostalgia as Key Elements in Cosy Crimes (esp. Midsomer Murders).


My Services

There are several ways to work with me: Presentations, interviews, guest articles, columns, short stories, genealogy research, Pick My Brain, …

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While studying history and cultural anthropology (as well as musicology and a few semesters of computer science), I started working for the town administration of Bingen on the Rhine and to record the local archive. Since 2018 I am working part-time as head of the archive.

Also in part-time I am an independent historian, combining my passions with history. I love to do source-based and effective research and to share my knowledge with others. Because …. why should I keep it to myself? Knowledge is something that becomes more when shared.

So I’m also an international football rules pundit who has worked with the highest football rules institution, the International Football Association Board. I kenn in writing articles and being interviewed for radio and television. Over the last few years, my website “Nachspielzeiten” has collected numerous German and English-language articles on the history of football rules and refereeing. I have worked with The IFAB, DFB, Der Kicker, Deutschlandfunk, Rasenfunk, ZDF/TerraX and other TV stations (SAT.1, SWR, HR), the British Society of Sports History, Soccerex and others.

More recently, a new passion project has increasingly been on the way in which history and nostalgia are used in a cosy crime like Midsomer Murders. On MidsomerMurdersHistory.org I have published a chronology of the fictional county district of Midsomer based on the episodes so far and a book on the interweaving of English history in Midsomer Murders has been completed and will hopefully be published soon.



(see for more on my profile on academia.edu)

Chapter in book
  • Jüdische Sportjournalist*innen und -journalisten beim Kicker – Willy Meisl, Stella Bloch, Ludwig Isenburger, Simon Rosenberger. In: Einig, Furchtlos, Treu. Der Kicker im Nationalsozialismus – eine Aufarbeitung. Die Werkstatt: Göttingen 2022.
  • Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne. In: 1. FSV Mainz 05. Fußballfibel. Oldenburg 2021.
  • Dem Vulkan geweiht – Bingen und das Binger Land, 4. Juni 1689. In: Kartographie der Zerstörung. Alzey 2020.
  • Die Stadtverwaltung Bingen und ihr Personal 1933-1945. In: Bingen im Nationalsozialismus – Quellen und Studien. Bad Kreuznach 2018.
  • Die Überlieferung des Binger Stadtarchivs als Spiegel der kommunalen Verwaltungstätigkeit in der NS-Zeit. In: Bingen im Nationalsozialismus – Quellen und Studien. Bad Kreuznach 2018.
  • The beginnings of modern football and the first men’s World Cup in 1930 (Soccerex Heritage 2021) (nicht online)
  • Influence of Covid-19 on football (m & f) in Germany (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Sport) (nicht online)
Journal Article
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
Interview as an Expert for the History of Football Rules
Recent project as an Archivist