Soccer and the Color Line

Who was the first black professional soccer player in the United States? Was it the Egyptian Tewfik Abdullah? In this episode I explore those questions and discuss the development of black soccer in the first half of the twentieth century. Written and audio sources available at Originally published November 2013.

Author: Brian

Brian D. Bunk is the creator and host of the Soccer History USA podcast. He is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His early research focused on Modern Spanish history and his book Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War appeared in 2007. His recent work examines the history of sport in the United States with an emphasis on boxing and soccer. Articles on these topics have been published in the Journal of Sport History, Sport in History and Sport in Society.

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