Interview with Ramon Tribulietx

Ramon Tribulietx Auckland City

The mastermind behind Auckland City FC’s 7 consecutive OFC Champions League victories, Ramon Tribulietx has been managing the Navy Blues from the City of Sails since 2008. The Barcelona native spoke to FBTG about hostile fans in Rabat, Catalonian succession and the future of Football in Auckland.

Can you give a brief background to yourself, as a player and manager?

I played for the club. When I was a player, Auckland City didn’t exist. It Continue reading

A Tahitian Football Club for Astronomers

AS Venus Auckland City FC

If you were to use the number of consecutive continental Champions’ League finals victories to identify the world’s most successful Football club, it would not be Real Madrid, but Auckland City FC. The Navy Blues have won 9 OFC Champions’ League finals in total, 7 of those consecutively. Of course the lower calibre of Football played in Oceania compared to pretty much every other continent distorts that statistic quite a bit, but it is a fun fact nevertheless. Auckland City FC are now in search of their 10th OFC Champions’ League cup having begun their campaign in Group C against Tahitian opponents AS Vénus Continue reading

The Wild Wild Western Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers Home Fans

Contemporary Australian Football (Soccer) players do not fit the European stereotype of the average Australian. Jedinak, Cahill, Schwarzer, Kruse. They’re a diverse bunch, as are Australian fans watching Football. Australia is a lot more culturally and ethnically heterogeneous than Europeans tend to imagine, as the Socceroos demonstrate.

The cliche Aussie tends to be a tall, Protestant, heavy-drinking yet muscular type called Mitch with Continue reading

The Curious Case of Dynamo Dresden

Dynamo Dresden fan flag

Shortly after moving to Germany, my mid-breakfast-facebook-scroll informed me that Hull City, freshly promoted, were coming to East Germany to take on SG Dynamo Dresden in a friendly a few weeks later. 15.00 on Saturday; easily accessible with a round day trip being cheap. It was on. But in the days beforehand, friends and colleagues had one thing to say;

‘Be careful’

Dynamo Dresden fans are notorious for their aggression and extremism. A Continue reading

Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Juve Stabia

Emerging from the ashes of Pompeii is SS Juve Stabia, currently of Italy’s Serie C. Nestled in the tight corner between popular destinations Sorrento, Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, infamous Napoli and Vesuvius itself, Castellammare di Stabia’s close proximity to tifosi hotbed Naples has influenced the extreme behaviour of the Ultras Stabiesi fan group of small club SS Juve Stabia.

Juve Stabia ultras

Seen on location in London.


Indonesian Fans Be Like….

Indonesian fans waiting for the 2018 Liga 1 to begin be like….

Stadion Mandala Krida Yogyakarta

Yes, that gentleman is sleeping outside of his club’s empty stadium.

In 2018, the Indonesian Liga 1 welcomes big boys PSMS Medan, Persebaya Surabaya and PSIS Semarang among its ranks, and Jakarta and Palembang will together host the 2018 Asian Games, making it a pretty big year for Indonesian Football. But we just have to wait for it all to kick-off again….


Chinese Football Chronicles | Police Presence

Beijing Guoan fans

One common characteristic of Football matches in China is the extensive police presence. At the Worker’s Stadium in Beijing, each seating block is allocated numerous uniformed officers with more scattered between the fans and the pitch. The officers gather in rank once again after the match outside the stadium in plain view of any remaining spectators still loitering around, a show of force and a clear statement to any would-be troublemakers. Take a brief view at the photo below and you will clearly see many serving officers in khaki uniforms sat in the front row of the stand.

This behaviour shouldn’t seem strange to you. China is very wary of Continue reading

The Biggest Football Clubs in Java

Javanese Football

Football is unquestionably Indonesia’s favourite sport. Java is the most populous island in the world’s 4th most populous country with around 56% of the 265,000,000 Indonesians living there. As such, Java is home to some of the biggest Football clubs and wildest Football fans in the country, and we have done our part to let you know which ones you really should know about.

This is the FBTG list of the biggest Football clubs in Java, based on average match attendance figures and general Continue reading