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Joel  Rookwood

Dr Joel Rookwood

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3543 ext. 3543 Room no. RM217A


Joel studied science and football at an undergraduate level and a master's in notation analysis at Liverpool John Moores University, before undertaking a master's in sport management at the University of Leicester. His PhD was a socio-legal study of football fandom, completed in 2008 at the University of Liverpool.

Previous to this, he has lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University and Liverpool Hope University, and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Vic, Spain since 2010.

Joel has engaged in numerous global scholarly and applied contexts in football, and has visited 135 countries. He has worked for professional clubs and governing bodies as a coach and match analyst, and has worked on 30 football, health and education-based sport-for-development projects across six continents during the last fifteen years.

Currently he writes for Mundial magazine, and previously was a primary columnist for a Japanese-based international football website for over a decade, covering tournaments such as the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2008 African Cup of Nations, 2011 Asian Cup, 2011 Gold Cup and 2015 Copa America. He has watched football in 110 British league grounds and at stadia in seventy countries.

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