Felipe Bertazzo Tobar

Currently, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department at Clemson University (USA). Academic and Professional interests gravitate around sport in relationship with fandom, tourism, heritage, management, events, politics, and coaching. Master in Cultural Heritage and Society (Univille University) and Sports Lawyer. Founder of @FootballStudies YouTube channel, in which academics, professionals, and industry experts debate the world of football.

Academic Statements

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Research Philosophy and Interests

Sports has been my research focus throughout my academic journey and a vehicle to connect with several scientific disciplines. My philosophy toward research defends the promotion of local and global interdisciplinary and critical studies around sports that promotes positive changes in the status quo and be useful for industry stakeholders.

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Teaching and Advising Philosophies

My teaching and advising philosophies underpins and combines two pedagogies: Critical Thinking and Kindness. I believe in a collaborative venture to allow students to flourish their critical perspectives about any topic in a non-stress environment. It is crucial for an enjoyable academic experience that students feel that instructors care about their progress.

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Statement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

“Actions speak louder than words.” Inspired by the words of former President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, my statement about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice narrates my personal and professional experiences around these crucial values.

Peer Reviewed Publications

This paper explores the development of football tourism within the EPL, while highlighting issues such as over-tourism, place-displacement, and cultural sustainability at football grounds.

This paper reveals why football (soccer) and the ‘Seleçāo’ are yet not recognized as cultural heritage in Brazil.

This paper contributes to the sport tourism field and football tourism sub-field by sharing conclusive points about football tourism studies’ state of the art and what is needed for its development.

Book Chapters & Book Reviews​

This chapter discuss how a form of isolation allowed the first Japanese immigrants and their descendants to preserve the Japanese baseball heritage until globalization forces gave rise to the beginning of the Gaijin Revolution, a process where non-Japanese descendants started to play and manage the sport through different ethnic influences

This chapter aims to discuss and broaden the perspective on modern concepts of social responsibility applicable to sport. It focused on the social responsibility of sports organizations to preserve cultural heritage as a fundamental asset for their position as social agents. (Written in Portuguese).

This chronicle informs how COVID-19 has particularly exposed a surprisingly unprecedented level of unpreparedness by billionaire global football clubs to deal with a crisis of such magnitude through the lack of virtual stadium tours and museums. 

Co-authored books

Beyond discussing football violence from a sociological and law perspective, this book proposes preventive and effective actions against violence between fans in stadiums according to legislation and common sense. (Written in Portuguese).

Beyond discussing football violence from a sociological and law perspective, this book proposes preventive and effective actions against violence between fans in stadiums according to legislation and common sense. (Written in Portuguese).

Current Research Activities

My current dissertation understands how and why football clubs interpret, promote, or ignore at their museums and stadium tours the respective club's heritage linked to authoritarian regimes and what role cultural, political, and economic considerations play in the remembrance or marginalization of these pasts. Three cases studies have been conducted involving FC St. Pauli (Germany), Real Madrid CF (Spain), and Sporting Club de Portugal (Portugal).

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Stadium Tours and Museums Visited Worldwide (Check Pictures Above)

Football Studies

I Football Heritage and Politics Seminar

Special Talk: Geopolitics around Qatar 2022

Current Voluntary Positions

Member of the Graduate Student Advisory Group of the Graduate School at Clemson University.

Coach of the Clemson University Paralympic Soccer Program (Since August 2021).

Assistant Coach of Daniel High School Soccer Varsity Program (Since January 2021).

Observer Coach at the Domestic Training Camp of the U.S. Men's Para National Team (April 9-14, 2022).

Coach and Student Assistant at the Clemson University Adaptive Soccer program in partnership with The Seattle Sounders FC and US Soccer as part of the US Department of Veteran Affairs' Grant (Seattle, WA, July 22-24, 2022).

Coach and Student Assistant at the Clemson University Adaptive Soccer program in partnership with US Soccer as part of the US Department of Veteran Affairs' Grant (Manchester, NH, July 29-31, 2022).

Professors Testimonials

5/5
“Culturally sensitive and cosmopolitan with his ability to adapt to and fit into different cultural contexts”.
Ph.D., Lauren Duffy. Associate Professor at Clemson University.
5/5
Felipe is an outstanding scholar, teacher, and community member – and I can say with complete certainty that he’s the finest person of any rank I’ve worked with in my many years as a faculty member at Clemson University.
Ph.D., Gregory Ramshaw. Full Professor at Clemson University.
5/5
"Something that impressed me about Felipe was his commitment toward students’ learning. Not only did Felipe share his professional experience with the students, but he also coordinated guest speakers from other countries to speak to the students about the challenges affecting global sporting events".
Ph.D., Mariela Fernandez. Associate Professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Students Testimonials

5/5
A fair, fun, caring, and an enjoyable professor. Very cultured and interesting. I can tell you pay attention to the individuality of every student by remembering moments and asking personal questions.
Student of Sport Tourism (PRTM 3470, Spring Semester 2022)
5/5
I really liked professor Tobar! His grading was clear, concise and always kept me informed on how I was doing in the class. I always received positive feedback on assignments and constructive criticism if there was something I could improve on.
Student of Sport Tourism (PRTM 3470, Spring Semester 2022)
5/5
He made it a comfortable environment for us to express our ideas and foster discussion while also pushing us to think for ourselves and talk about controversial issues.
Student of Sport Tourism (PRTM 3470, Spring Semester 2022)
5/5
He always requested feedback from students and wanted to make sure that everyone understood what was expected of them. Besides this, it was obvious that he actually cared about what he was teaching and wanted his students to succeed and thrive in the course.
Student of Heritage Tourism (PRTM 3460, Spring Semester 2020)
5/5
Felipe had a really great balance between lectures, presentations, guest speakers, and in class assignments! It kept the class light and interactive while still allowing me to learn a great deal.
Student of Heritage Tourism (PRTM 3460, Spring Semester 2020)
5/5
You are not just a professor, but a leader and a mentor. What you still haven't realized is how much of a impact you have had on me throughout my journey through college. You are one of the only professors that made learning fun and treated me as if I was a human being. Thank you again for everything that you do, you are an awesome human being with a star studded humble personality.
Student of Heritage Tourism (PRTM 3460, Spring Semester 2020)