El Kolectivo Sur is the ultra group of Xerez Deportivo CF, a young Football club from the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera founded by fans as financial wobbles hit Xerex CD, the stalwart La Segunda outfit for long periods of time. We caught the club’s home league fixture against Atlético Espleño before grabbing a cold Cruzcampo with two of the group’s leading members to talk about Football support in the Sherry City. Both Continue reading
Current Ukrainian Premier League champions and former Europa League victors Shakhtar Donetsk FC is one of Ukraine’s leading Football clubs. The vivid black and orange colours that adorn their kits are perhaps appropriately symbolic of the dark and fiery political struggle that threatens the future of those living in the Eastern Donbas region that the club calls home, and possibly even the club itself.
Two oblasts comprise what is known as “The Donbas”; Luhansk and Donestk, names that Continue reading
Local resentment for Cádiz fans can be seen across the whole of Jerez de la Frontera. Spray tags, fan stickers and other visible manifestations of dislike of their rivals to the South are abundant, wherever you turn. Yet in Cádiz itself, a keen-eye struggles to Continue reading
UE Sant Andreu first came into this blog’s consciousness during a brief visit to Madrid. The 2nd of 3 Copa Del Rey fixures in 3 consecutive days saw Club Atlético de Madrid compete at home to Sant Andreu, a team dressed in a very brash yellow top with four vertically dissecting red stripes. In the face of the Football club that Continue reading
The black shorts are purposefully featureless so as to not draw attention away from the design up top. 5 off-centre red stripes vertically dissecting an otherwise entirely sunflower yellow jersey achieve an unconventional look, while a scribbly font identifies player names on the back, also in jet black. The effect is retro, stunning, and very conspicuous. As the wearers consign themselves to a likely defeat, the least they can do is make a scene. The travelling fans appreciate the effort. A chorus of boos, whistles and cheers answers their slow chants sung in clear Catalan, just in case you didn’t get the message behind the shirt design. Spanish flags are raised, brandished toward the away block. “Plus Ultra”, the Continue reading
Wilfred Agbonavbare died four years ago to this day. While his playing career may be less than dazzling, his face will continue to be seen around Madrid’s less-privileged housing estates and his name will continue to be spoken with reverence for years to come.
Born in Lagos Continue reading
The 2018 Conmebol Copa Libertadores final received an astonishing amount of press attention. Some have obsessed over the notion of Buenos Aires’ two largest clubs meeting head-to-head for the first time ever in South America’s largest club fixture. Pundits have dubbed the fixture as “The Biggest Club Football Match Of All Time”. And newspapers have lambasted the Asociación Fútbol Argentino‘s inability to curb Continue reading
Aficionados of Football Culture will readily tell you that the most high-profile fan groups in Madrid identify with the Right. The Frente Atlético of- get this- Club Atlético de Madrid and the banned Ultras Sur group of Real Madrid Continue reading