Call them niche. Call them cult. Call them overrated. Call them inspirational or call them the greatest success story in global Football fan culture; the groundbreaking work done by Brigata Curva Sud makes PSS Sleman one of the most remarkable Football clubs when it comes to support in the entire world. Read more about their story here.
To my surprise, fans were freely walking back out of the stadium. The vast security team that had so diligently monitored the actions of the crowd inside the ground now seemed entirely ambivalent to their temporary exit. With fifteen minutes to kill, I followed many fans out to find a soft drink. Having completed my purchase from a vendor making his living in the shadow of the stadium named in honour of the city’s proletariat, I turned to face the Beijing Workers’ Stadium and bumped into three young men in identical green t-shirts featuring bold designs. Given the impenetrable language barrier, I made a friendly motion to demonstrate my wish to take a photograph. Their passive demeanour evaporated.
The caged astro-turf pitch on your block where you learned to play as a kid will always have a special place in your heart. That’s for sure. But there are some 5-a-side courts you see on your travels that just outdo others in terms of location. After a recent browse through some old photo alba, we came across this masterpiece in George Town, Malaysia.
There was a time when we were wondering if we would ever see live professional Football again. The necessary measures put in place to contain the terrifying transnational spread of Covid-19 in spring forced an immediate and indefinite halt to all organised sporting events. Caught between a rock and a hard place, broadcasters and governing sports bodies pursued a wide array of alternatives in order to keep television viewing figures high and to fulfill their contractual obligations, from repeats of classic Football matches to a first ever gaming 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June.
For all its historic infamy, we feel that the current English fan scene is lacking somewhat in imagination compared to what is happening on the rest of the continent. More creative Aufkleber designs such as this one from Huddersfield Town may be indicative of some green shoots of inspiration, but the English have a long way to go.
We have quite enjoyed poking fun at fan groups and the way their see their respective countrymen recently. And between you and we, these posts have been getting a healthy amount of views and shares. Therefore we are getting our Bundesliga hats back on and taking the point of view of possibly the most dismissive Germans.Continue reading
Hamburg is Germany’s premier commercial port as well as being a popular tourist destination thanks to its vibrant nightlife. HSV fans have taken inspiration from their city’s longstanding maritime traditions in this tidy design. Seen in merry old Hull.