Professor Pierre Lanfranchi

Job: Emeritus Professor

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Research group(s): International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7399



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Personal profile

Pierre Lanfranchi is a Research Professor in History at DMU since 1993 and is one of the creators of the MA in Sports History and Culture at DMU and the FIFA International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.  He is fluent in French, English, German and Italian, with a good knowledge of Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese. He has lectured and supervised in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian, and has also lectured in Spanish.

Pierre is co-Scientific Director of the FIFA International MA and is the Internationalisation of Sport sub-module leader. He is currently working with the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) as Scientific General Coordinator of the FIFA/CIES International University Network. To date, the network counts 14 universities from 13 different countries as part of the project (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela).

In 2008, Professor Lanfranchi was appointed Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Role of Sports in Society.

Research group affiliations

International Centre for Sports History and Culture, Centre International d'Etude du Sport (CIES)

Publications and outputs

View a full listing of Pierre Lanfranchi's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

  • P. Lanfranchi, C. Eisenberg, T. Mason and A. Wahl, 100 Years of Football: The FIFA Centennial Book. Weidenfeld Nicolson illustrated – 2005
  • P. Lanfranchi and M. Taylor, Moving with the Ball: The Migration of Professional Footballers. Berg Publishers – 2001
  • P. Lanfranchi, R. Holt and J. Mangan. European Heroes: Myth, Identity, Sport. Frank Cass Publishers – 1996.

Research interests/expertise

Professor Lanfranchi has interests in the world diffusion of football. He is particularly interested in the development of the game in all continents.

  • Stadium and society - The impact of stadium in local cultures
  • Sport and the European Union 
  • Professional football players and transfer regulations
  • Sport and decolonisation in France
  • Football in South America, in particular in Argentina and Colombia

Ball games before football

Areas of teaching

CIES/FIFA International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport / PhD Supervisions


  • BA in History and Art History, University of Montpellier 
  • MA in History, University of Montpellier, 1982 
  • PhD in History of German Cultural Policy, European University Institute, 1988