Gresik Is United

Gresik united fans

Having added the final signature, Fandi Ahmad Yani threw down the pen with a sigh, turned to his counterpart and extended a firm hand. As Kaji Riki (a representative of Ultras Gresik) shook it, a polite round of applause rippled among the journalists and reporters gathered in the conference room. The six men sat at the table congratulated each other on the business conducted that day before turning to force a smile for the photographers.

It had happened at long last. Gresik United Football Club is owned by Continue reading

La Tercera Express Play-Offs

San roque ceuta

This weekend represents the beginning of the express play-offs of the regional La Tercera divisions. Intriguingly, the extraordinary circumstances of this season have simplified the highly complex structure of Spain’s lower leagues.

Spain’s enthusiasm for Football is a surprise to absolutely nobody, but probably what a lot of outsiders often underestimate about the Kingdom is its sheer size. It is often far easier to get to Spain than to get across it. Apart from being 700 kilometres apart, travel between Seville and Santander for example is

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80 Days Bier Markt – Interview

80 days bier markt

Though summer has returned, it will be a long time before we can get back to enjoying Football the way we would like to. But hey, at least we can go out and enjoy a nice pint again! We at FBTG did the next best thing and sat down with Andrew of 80 Days Bier Markt in Hull for a couple of imported Pilsners and good chat about all things Football culture. Cheers.


Could you please introduce yourself?

I’m Andrew Murphy. I own 80 Days Bier Markt in Paragon Arcade and Continue reading

The Realities of Football Culture Blogging Pt 2

Football media pass

In part 1 of “The Realities of Football Culture Blogging”, we cast a light onto the work that goes on behind the scenes of a small blog like ours and how we integrate this work with our everyday lives, as well as calling out a lot of the blogosphere on its inherent bullshit.

That is all well and good, but pub conversations and discussions with readers often reveal a great deal of misconceptions you guys have regarding the writing process we employ at FBTG. Visiting Continue reading

FC Start and the Ukrainian Death Match

Dynamo Kyiv death match

In an effort to legitimise their rule, the National Socialists decided to relax restrictions of certain cultural activities in the territories they occupied in 1942. In Paris, this meant permitting a return to the café culture – a hallmark of Parisian society. And on the Eastern Front, the Nazis decided to organise a summer Football league in Kiev.

During and after Operation Barbarossa, the Kievans Continue reading