About Me

About Me


My name is Ilker Gündogan. I was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in 1988. In the late 1970s, my family emigrated from Turkey to the Ruhr area, where my grandfather worked in the coal mines. My brother and I spent our childhood playing football in the narrow and long garden of my grandparents.

At present, I am a PhD candidate at the Ruhr-University Bochum and ESSCA School of Management. My current research focuses on China’s football politics and market creation in the era of Xi Jinping: what are, beyond official and popular narratives, the underlying motivations of the Chinese government to promote football in an unprecedented manner? Or, in a nutshell: why football? And: why now? And what does this case study of the big football reform programme tell us about policy-making in contemporary China, especially with regard to the complementarity of top-down and bottom-up impulses of policy initiation?

This blog is featuring both academic reflexions (including from guest contributors) and general information on Chinese football (both in historical and contemporary perspective). The objective of the planned online presence is to set up, beyond the dissertation project, a small standing group of industry experts, observers and scholars from various disciplines who are interested in working on football in Chinese society, politics and economics and who can bring together their different expertise and methodology in a loose network.

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LinkedIn:        https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilkerguendogan/

Sina Weibo:    http://www.weibo.com/u/3955175694

WeChat ID:    ilie88

E-Mail:           ilker.guendogan@china-football-8.com