Dr. Alan McDougall in front of a pale grey backdrop
Dr. Alan McDougall

Dr. Alan McDougall, a sport historian in the College of Arts, provided his thoughts to news outlets on the World Cup and Canada’s appearance at the tournament. 

McDougall told Al Jazeera Canada’s success at World Cup could be “a chance to rewrite some historical wrongs” of 1986, the last time Canada played in the tournament. 

He also spoke to CBC Kids News about the history of the World Cup.  

On a broadcast of Ottawa at Work with Patricial Boal on 580 CFRA, McDougall explained the concept of ‘sportswashing’ amidst the tournament’s latest controversial developments. 

A professor in the Department of History, McDougall researches the history of sport, with an emphasis on soccer. He is the co-editor of the recently released book, Football Nation: The Playing Fields of German Culture, History and Society.