Lie back and think of England: the women of Euro 96

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This article looks at the representation of women in football-related stories during the course of the 1996 European Championships. Through an analysis of a tabloid newspaper’s football coverage, it traces the England team’s progress to the semifinals of the competition and examines the portrayal of women in these reports. The findings suggest that despite the great strides forward being made by women in a number of sports including football, reporting in the popular press continues to promote sport as a predominantly male activity. The research also indicates that women remain subordinate and sexually objectified in the majority of sports coverage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-110
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1999


  • women in sport
  • Euro 96
  • tabloid coverage


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