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
FBTG always prefers giving exposure to the Little Guy. Other blogs frequently dedicate content to the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and PSG. Naturally, blog posts concerning the big clubs that 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
It is a little known fact that the only European nation to still maintain colonies in Africa is Spain. Long after France, Belgium, the UK, Portugal, Italy and Germany gave up their possessions on the continent, Spain continues to rule over two separate territories located in North Africa in 2018.
This piece of Continue reading
If anyone is looking for a city that serves as a perfect microcosm for Spain’s history, Cádiz may be it. However, the country’s modern history has left its imprint on the local gaditano culture that enthusiastically embraces left-wing political ideology. In the context of Football, the result is a matchday experience that is very atypical of Continue reading
My original plan was to try photograph the stadium of local outfit Jerez Industrial CF on the outskirts of town. The gates of the small stadium perched in front of it just happened to be open, so Continue reading
Seb Cuevas of Punk DIY Travel Blog Between Distances walks this Earth writing intimately about the places and people he encounters. In this guest post, the Tommy Iommi of Travel and the Michael Palin of Metal shares his experiences of the contemporary soul of Madrid’s Football scene, Rayo Vallecano, and its promotion back to La Liga.
I could hear the crowd from the kitchen in my apartment in Madrid’s neighborhood of Vallecas while hurriedly Continue reading