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.

When you think about it, this behavioural pattern makes sense. In Continue reading

Auckland and Wellington

QBE Stadium Football

High-scoring Auckland City FC was favourite to win the final of the 2017/2018 ISPS Handa Premiership on April the 1st 2018, having won the minor Premiership in March. But opposing Team Wellington FC was the only club they had failed to beat during the league’s regular season. Furthermore, reigning champions Team Wellington had won the final at the past two attempts, beating Auckland City FC both times in the process. The omens were there for 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

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