Football Hallelujah Amsterdam - Blood In Blood Out

Football Hallelujah Amsterdam

Is football, the world’s most popular sport, a religion of the 21st century? For many supporters it is more than a simple passion: football shapes lives, provides a purpose in life and may even give reason to live. It may unite, but also separate people.

At first glance, the world of football and the world of religion do not have a lot in common. But taking a closer look, similarities can be found: both are marked by rituals and emotional experiences that are shared with fellow “believers”. Authority and firm rules play a role in both, as do ideals and virtues. Symbols have a lot of power. Sport reports are often about worship, saviours and saints, even about “football gods”. Fans spread slogans such as “football is my religion”. Has football indeed become a modern form of faith?

Blood in Blood out is featured in this traveling exhibition with five pieces with an additional piece for each stop on the tour. First stop Amsterdam, next Bremen, Basel. Lyon and so on hopefully ending up in Moscow in 2018.


International travelling exhibition, conceived by Historisches Museum Basel and Amsterdam Museum

Blood In Blood Out - Photo Football Hallelujah Amsterdam
Ajax – Feyenoord
Blood In Blood Out - Photo Football Hallelujah Amsterdam
Morocco – Holland
Blood In Blood Out - Photo Football Hallelujah Amsterdam
Israel – Ajax
Blood In Blood Out - Photo Football Hallelujah Amsterdam
The line up