Explore the heritage of sport across Europe

Sporting stories

Explore stories of sporting heritage from across Europe

colour team photograph of a rugby team who wear a red and white kit, with managers and non-players wearing suits
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Rugby's 50 years in Girona

Watch a documentary celebrating a half-century of sport

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Clackmannan County

Exploring the history of a Scottish cricket club

illustration of a rose and thistle with words England -v- Scotland on a purple background
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England -v- Scotland

Reporting on a match from 1928 when Scotland's footballers were the Wembley Wizards

colour image of two men wrestling in white costumes watched by a crowd
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Lucha Canaria

In the Canary Islands, wrestling is a traditional sport - part of the folklore of the islands

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Boat Race trophies

Appreciating the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race Trophies, contemporary silver masterpieces

cover of a booklet with word 'How to play the old course St Andrews' and a green silhouette of a golfer
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St Andrews Old Course

A guidebook for playing Scotland's finest golf course

black and white photograph of a crowd watching a football match, standing in front of a detailed scoreboard
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Sporting divides

How antisemitism in post-war football matches in Hungary was portrayed by the Communist authorities

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Ploughing championships

Agricultural tests of skill and agility

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Denmark's first sports school was founded in 1920

colour painting with blue tones showing naked men swimming and sunbathing at a swimming pool
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Scandinavian and German art celebrating sport, bodies, nature, health, youth and strength

black and white photograph of a Latvian football team
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Latvia football team

Discover the history of the Latvian national football team in the 1920s and 1930s

colour photograph of a silver medal with pink and yellow ribbon on which is word 'Friendship'
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The Gay Games

Exploring the history of the tournament which promotes acceptance of sexual diversity

black and white photograph of a number of horses and jockeys jumping fences
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Discover the Irish roots of the first steeplechase race

black and white photograph, group of men playing quoits, one quoit is flying through the air
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Quoits: Yorkshire game

Discover a traditional game played in villages across Yorkshire and other parts of the UK

vintage colour postcard with a sailing boat and rowing boat on a lake in front of a number of buildings and trees
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Balaton's Blue Ribbon Race

The history of an annual sailing race on Hungary's largest lake

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Vierdaagse in Nijmegen

The Four Days Marches in Nijmegen are the world's largest multiple day marching sport event

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The Tailteann Games

Irish sporting competitions in the 1920s and 1930s

colour illustration of athletes walking by a large number of flags on flagpoles with Edinburgh castle in the background
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Commonwealth Games Scotland

Go Scotland! Exploring the history and archives of Commonwealth Games Scotland

colour photograph of three red and white sport shoes and one blue and white show, with a yellow background
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Tisza sport shoes

An icon of Hungarian sport, this is the story of shoe factory in Martfű

photograph of an Ancient Greek relief showing a young man playing with a ball
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Football's classical roots

Exploring links between football and ancient Greece and Rome

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Unique championships

Hairdressing, pesto, logging and parachuting - 4 championships in sports you may not know

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Utrecht, city of cycling

Cycling history of the Dutch city with the country's first bicycle path

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Salvador Dalí, rugby fan

The story of how Salvador Dalí supported a Girona rugby team

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Workers' Olympiads

International sport competitions in the 1920s and 1930s for members of labour and workers associations

colour illustration of a Philips advert showing cyclists
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Advertising Philips Radio

Striking illustrated advertising commemorating the 1948 London Olympic Games

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Boxing glove factory

Archive photographs bring us behind the scenes of WEHA, a German sports equipment factory

six young women lined up at the beginning of a running race
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School sports

Explore archive photographs of sporting activities at a girls school in Dublin

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Lonkero drinks

Lonkero are Finnish long drinks invented for the 1952 Olympics


Biographies and stories about athletes and teams

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Ben Bril

Youngest-ever Olympic boxer, who survived the Holocaust

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Anton Geurts, Dutch canoeist

From a homemade canoe to Olympic silver

colour painting of gymnast Věra Čáslavská doing a gymnastics move
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Gymnast Věra Čáslavská

Icon of Czech gymnastics who subtly protested Soviet invasion at the 1968 Olympics

black and white photograph, woman ice skating with her arms raised
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Sjoukje Dijkstra

Champion figure skater who was the first Dutch gold medal winner at the Winter Olympic Games

sepia photograph of a woman standing side-on to the camera wearing a swim suit
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Fanny Durack

Irish-Australian who won the first women’s Olympic swimming medal

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Kay Espenhayn

German swimmer in the Paralympic Games who won multiple medals

grainy black and white photograph of Leone Jacovacci who flexes his arm muscles
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Leone Jacovacci

Afro-Italian boxer who was Italian champion in the 1920s, angering fascists

Black and white photograph of Knut Lundstrøm in an ice sledge
Knut Lundstrøm

Norwegian Paralympian who won 21 medals across four different games

colour photograph of Kathleen McKane Godfree playing tennis
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Kathleen McKane Godfree

Champion tennis player in the 1920s who won Olympic medals and Wimbledon titles

black and white photograph of Jesse Owens running
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Athlete Jesse Owens

The 1936 Olympic champion who battled poverty and racial bigotry with sporting success

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Pole-vaulting into politics

Władysław Kozakiewicz’s 1980 Olympics gesture

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Dorando Pietri

How an Italian marathon runner won and lost the 1908 Olympic marathon gold medal

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Trude Pritzi & Richard Bergmann

Table tennis world champions from Vienna

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Boxing champion Max Schmeling

German boxer Max Schmeling was world heavyweight boxing champion of the world in the 1930s

Lilly Steinschneider wearing a pilot costume, she is holding her eye protecting goggles and her pilot cap in her right hand
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Lilly Steinschneider

Hungary's first female pilot who conqueried the skies in 1912

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Éva Székely, swimmer and survivor

Hungarian Olympic gold medallist who survived the Holocaust and lived through the 1956 Revolution

black and white photograph portrait of Johnny Weissmuller who wears a swimming singlet
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Johnny Weissmuller

From Olympic gold medal swimmer to Hollywood leading man

Colour photograph of Esther Vergeer playing tennis
Esther Vergeer

Dutch tennis player who was unbeaten for more than 400 matches

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Club of the Eagle

The history and heritage of Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Legends of La Liga

'Pancho' Puskás and the Hungarian 'Golden Team' of the 1950s who made their mark on Spanish football

Olympics & Paralympics

Explore histories of the Games

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Politics and the Olympics Games

Controversy and conflict in Olympic history

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Olympic Heroes

Visit our exhibition and explore the stories of athletes from 125 years of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The Paralympic Games

Histories of the games for athletes with disabilities

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Olympic Games posters

120 years of symbolising the games, host cities and sport

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Olympic mascots

Origins of the mascot that bring the Olympic spirit to life

The Olympic Games

Your sporting stories

Since 2020, people have been sharing their sport stories from around Europe, either online or at collection day events.

Read sport stories

Explore sporting stories submitted by people across Europe

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Share your Sport story

Tell us about your sport experiences through objects like photographs, memorabilia, equipment or prizes.

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Europeana Sport

Find out more about our Europeana Sport project

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Collection days

Find out more about our Europeana Sport collection days events and activities in 2021


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Women, sport and dictatorships

Gallery of propaganda images for sport events where women had to confront idealised stereotypes of their bodies.

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Black footballers

Photos, films and memorabilia showing Black footballers who have played in teams across Europe

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Sports souvenirs

Memorabilia that show support and remember sporting events through history

black and white photograph of a hurdler jumping over a hurdle

Discover vintage photography of athletics, with track and field events, races and athletes from across Europe

black and white photograph of a number of female gymnasts in formation

Discover vintage photographs from different times in history showing gymnasts from across Europe.

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Surfing and windsurfing

Explore images and films of surfing and windsurfing from cultural heritage collections across Europe.

painting of a man playing billiards or snooker
Art and sport

Explore this gallery showing how artists have been influenced by and portrayed sports and games

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Sculpture & sport

Explore these statues and sculptures inspired by sports, athletes and bodies in motion.

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Olympics Games and politics

Exploring the Olympic Games from a political viewpoint: protests, boycotts, controversies and conflicts

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Football teams

Explore vintage photography of football teams across Europe

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Sporting portraits

In the early 20th century, people's passion for sport led to them having formal portrait photographs taken

Sport posters

Posters from across Europe for sports and sporting events

Skiing & ski slopes

Sport, speed and snow

Arenas and stadiums

Sporting venues from across Europe

Medals and trophies

Celebrating sporting achievement in gold, silver, bronze and other materials

Rugby in Europe

Sport photography, memorabilia and artworks relating to rugby played by professional and amateur teams across Europe.