Category Archives: Fans and football culture

Three views of Italian football: the supporters club, the local team, and the arena.

Tweet I recently hooked up with a friend who gave me some photos from a trip to Italy in 2005. We were visiting a mutual friend in Rome, via his home town of Agnone, a small town in the hills … Continue reading

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It’s time for standing to return

Tweet If you’ve recently watched a professional football match anywhere in England, the chances are you’ll hear the away fans mocking the passive support of the locals at some point during the game. It’s a standard refrain, the irony being … Continue reading

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Racism: a rant

Tweet This isn’t going to be an attempt to show my deep understanding of racism, nor some pseudo intellectual lecture about how we need to understand Serbia. It’s just a rant setting out how I feel about racism in this … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand’s football philosophy

Tweet I’ve taken an interest in the writing of Ayn Rand in recent months, telling anyone who’ll listen what I think of her seminal work, Atlas Shrugged. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a 1,200 pager, by far … Continue reading

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Motherland Calls – the World Cup in Russia

Tweet The announcement of Russia’s host cities for the 2018 World Cup was hardly the big football story of the weekend. It all seems like a long way off right now – we’ve got Brazil to get through first. But, … Continue reading

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