All posts by Petra

Simon Rosenberger

Simon Rosenberger (1885-1931) was a pioneer and in many aspects a man of the first hour: as a member of MTV Munich of 1879 he was only active in sports for a short time, but at the age of 15 he was already the best in theory in almost all sports. He worked as aΒ civil servant accountant and he founded, among other things, both the Munich and the Bavarian refereeing associations, worked and wrote for Seybold’s ‘Der Fussball’ in the 1910s, from 1921-1925 as editor for the ‘Kicker’, published the newly founded DFB refereeing newspaper from 1926-1931. Also he was active in numerous refereeing associations, including the then newly founded federal refereeing committee of the DFB from 1925-1931.

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Women’s football in Germany over 50 years ago

Photo modern women's football germany

Women’s football was first permitted in Germany 50 years ago by the DFB. The association is celebrating this in 2020 and I watch the festivities with a suspicious eye.Β Because I fear that they will fuel the myth that there was virtually no women’s football in Germany before 1970. But that is by no means the case. This is evident simply from the fact that the DFB banned women’s football in 1955. Why should it have banned something that virtually did not exist back then?

DFB should not celebrate “50 years of women’s football”, but “50 years ago we were open enough to allow women’s football”. But … Even that is not true. The scepticism, teasing and aversion were not suddenly history from October 31, 1970 onwards.

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Done it

I have experience as an author, speaker and mentor about the evolution of the football sport and the Laws of the Game in particular.

An overview

Nachspielzeiten, my German-language blog about the evolution of the football laws and the football game in general (since 2017, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

Soon: A Story about Football (Geschichte Europas (= Europe’s History), 10/2020, πŸŽ™, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

Portrait of my person, about my jobs and my passions and how I can unwind: Petra Tabarelli – Musical football detectiveΒ (Eigenstimmig Podcast, 10/2020, πŸŽ™, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

Key impulses for researching the history of sport (Mentor at the Digital Workshop for Tutors of the Federal President’s History Competition, Topic: Turbulent Times, 10/2020, πŸŽ₯, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ, not online)

How the referee came into play (DFB Referee Newspaper, 07/2020,Β πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

The impact of the corona virus in Germany – reactions of supporters and players with a special focus on women’s football (Global Sport Industry and Coronavirus Symposium, hosted by the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Sport Research Group, 06/2020, πŸŽ₯,Β πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§, not yet online)

The democratisation of football (Zeitspiel magazine, 03/2020, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ,Β not open access)

HSV (Hi)Story (HSV Talk, 03/2020, πŸŽ™, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

The boundaries of the game (DFB Referee Newspaper, 02/2020, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

The History of Football Rule-Making (OutsideWrite, 01/2020, πŸŽ™, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§)

Simon Rosenberger – The forgotten pioneer (DFB referee newspaper, 12/2019, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

The most important episode in German football history (120 minutes, 07-12/2019, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)
Part 1: 1870s until 1903
Part 2: 1904 until 1934
Part 3: 1938 until 1968
Part 4: 1970 until 1982
Part 5: 1990 until 2005
Part 6: 2006 until 2018

Episode 18: ‘The roots of modern football’ with Petra Tabarelli (120 minutes, 2018, πŸŽ™, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

From German Empire to Commercialisation: Germany and Modern Football (120 minutes, 2018, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

From Gentlemen’s to Workers’ Sport: England and Modern Football (120 minutes, 2018, πŸ“, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ)

Football substitution – The real story based on documents


Football substitution is an issue I am currently researching. Although the sources speak a clear language. But there have been many exceptions in football substitution, as match reports show.

I know of exceptions in some countries on the European mainland between the First and Second World Wars. The four British associations also knew about this and tried to press FIFA to comply with the rules first. But in the end (1931) they unofficially let the continental European way continue. It had already become a common law there in the few years it had been in existence, and it was much appreciated.

Whether there were further exceptions on other continents, I will also research. Therefore I am also grateful for photographed or scanned match reports until 1967. πŸ™πŸ» Click here for the “Contact” page.

In this post I give an overview of the development of football substitution as far as I can draw/describe it at the moment.

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