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

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

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


England Germany fan

Background Story First, Relevance to Football Second. In this post I define identity as the multiple different groups or circles that an individual can belong to that collectively come together to shape a character. This is not an academic definition of what identity is, but it’s a good enough definition for now.

Small Towns play host to fewer migrants, both domestic or international, and as a consequence, Small Town Folk are Continue reading

The Dynamo Legacy

Dynamo Kiev graffiti

Many Football club names across Eurasia feature the moniker “Dynamo” or an alternative spelling thereof. These clubs share characteristics. Normally located in the respective country’s capital, their logos feature a common attractive “D” design and are usually among the most successful in each respective national league. SG Dynamo Dresden and BFC Dynamo of Germany are both exceptions, but we will return to them later.

These common characteristics are not accidental Continue reading