Much to the annoyance of Three Lions fans, Germans do not consider England to be their biggest sporting rivals. Supporters in Europe’s largest country (economically and demographically), the continent’s most successful Football nation as defined by FIFA World Cup trophies and the subject of the name of this very blog simply have Continue reading
It is a little known fact that the only European nation to still maintain colonies in Africa is Spain. Long after France, Belgium, the UK, Portugal, Italy and Germany gave up their possessions on the continent, Spain continues to rule over two separate territories located in North Africa in 2018.
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If anyone is looking for a city that serves as a perfect microcosm for Spain’s history, Cádiz may be it. However, the country’s modern history has left its imprint on the local gaditano culture that enthusiastically embraces left-wing political ideology. In the context of Football, the result is a matchday experience that is very atypical of Continue reading
My original plan was to try photograph the stadium of local outfit Jerez Industrial CF on the outskirts of town. The gates of the small stadium perched in front of it just happened to be open, so Continue reading
We all mourn the horrible news that has come from Leicestershire today. Any death in Football is a loss, but such a terrible and sudden Continue reading
A pleasing feature of Dutch Football is the extraordinary names that professional clubs choose for themselves. Many forsake a simple combination of city plus uninspiring suffix for names that are far more creative. Ajax, Excelsior, Go Ahead Eagles, Heracles and Sparta are excellent examples of clubs whose titles bare no resemblance to the city they call home. But one Dutch Football club trumps the lot.
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There once was a time when most European nations were governed by monarchies. Royal families (often related to one other) wielding almost limitless political power maintained the status quo by offering virtually zero social mobility to their peasant subjects. Revolutions in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries transformed the political landscape on the continent that was the first to industrialise and subsequently colonise the rest of the world. Only a small handful of European nations in the 21st century hold on to their Royal Families, and one Continue reading
An immediate observation made at Chinese Football games is the consistent employment of a Capo figure in blocks of fans and Ultras within the stadium. At all Chinese Super League matches I’ve attended in the People’s Republic, a Capo has been present at every single one.
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