Chinese Football Chronicles | Copy Cats

Beijing Guoan Ultras

For Part 1 of the Chinese Football Chronicles, click here.

An immediate observation of the fan culture at Chinese Football games is the lack of anything new. Fans wave colourful flags, bounce, drum, clap, raise scarves and shine their smartphone torches at at the end of a match; traditions observable at Football stadia around the world. Chinese Football fans are looking to foreign leagues for inspiration and borrowing customs that they think work well, instead of taking the time to develop fan traditions of their own. It may sound harsh, but it is certainly true.

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The Public Gets What the Public Wants

From Boothferry To Germany world cup

A 6-1 victory represents England’s best ever match result in World Cup competition and much cause to celebrate. The British press have been pretty low-ball up to this point. The Three Lions went into the cup with far less expectation than is normally the case. But England have objectively been one of the stronger teams so far in the competition, and with heavyweights such as Germany, Brazil and Argentina faltering, we seem to be steadily returning to the old pattern of delirious dreaming overshadowing rational expectation. How many “Football’s Coming Home” social Continue reading

FBTG’s WM

Morocco Football fans world cup

Every Football blog is now going overdrive as our sport’s most prestigious competition kicks off today. We are sure that you already have your bets made, your annual leave days booked, your travel plans arranged and your fingers crossed. But we offer our own predictions as to how the tournament will unravel in ways that may not have crossed your mind before.

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Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Grimsby Town

Grimsby, oh Grimsby. Lincolnshire’s leading port has suffered as much as our beloved Kingston Upon Hull has through the 20th century as its fishing industry crippled under increased competition. The town’s industrial decline is clearly part of what this design is referring to. In contemporary times, the Mariners have become known for being an excellent set of fans that generate atmosphere in a manner that emphasizes fun rather than aggression.

Grimsby Town sticker

But they’re South Bankers. So sod ’em, Codheads.

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