Only A Game?

A large silver trophy and several football shirts displayed in a large glass case

© Dann

11 October 2008 - 26 April 2009

This exhibition is now closed

'Someone said, "Football is more important than life and death to you," and I said, "Listen, it's more important than that."'
Bill Shankly, former manager of Liverpool FC

Why do people love football? What does it mean to them? What does it mean to you? Only a Game? explored Europe and its most popular sport: football. Bringing together UEFA's most prized trophies, historical artefacts from the last 50 years brought together by the National Football Museum, and stunning images from the great games, this interactive exhibition invited people of all ages to plunge into the emotions of football.

In our school playgrounds, playing fields and shiny stadiums, dreamers, players and supporters all belong to one family. Football gives us a sense of local and national identity. But does it also open our eyes to other cultures? Through football, can we see Europe in a different light?

Only A Game? was made up of eight zones where visitors met their footballing heroes, saw their shirts, trophies and medals, and thought about what European football means to them. 


Only A Game? was supported by French ex-international defender, Lilian Thuram. There are details of Thuram's involvement in this project on the Only A Game? website.



UEFA logo

North West Development Agency logo

National Football Museum logo


                            pink logo with the words '08 Liverpool European Capital of Culture'

Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of the European Capital of Culture programme