Sunnis, Sukarno and Soccer Pt I

JDT Malaysian super league

A gruff voice boomed across the ground, magnified to ensure absolute clarity. The chatter of noise from the terraces abruptly stopped, all spectators shuffled to their feet. Way down below I was already on mine, but to my left I noticed a handful of young men in one of the media boxes end their conversation and put their smartphones away in haste, before bowing their heads. The exact message of the announcement was lost on me, but I Continue reading

Football Blogging on a Frugal Budget

Indonesian Football bus

January sucks.

The weather remains as cold and dark as it was in December, but the pre-Christmas cheer has been entirely replaced by an emotional hollowness further compounded by the fact that we’re all broke. With so much post-party penny-pinching persisting, travelling to watch and write about Football becomes a lesser priority. But halfway through a bowl of soggy discount cereal this morning, an obvious question Continue reading

Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Babelsberg

“Old Guard” (in Cyrillic), “On the road for SVB”. SV Babelsberg 03 is a little-known club from Berlin’s south west suburbs that is actually located in Brandenburg, a Bundesland that formed part of the Communist GDR.

Babelsberg ultras

The Cyrillic text and “Ossi” vehicles in the design act as a nod toward the club’s East German heritage. Somewhat unusually for contemporary East German fans, Babelsberg Ultras stand firmly on the left, and the Karl Liebknecht Stadion is a fantastic groundhop for anyone visiting Berlin who is tired of Hertha, Union and Dynamo.

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