“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.
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.
Still going strong, From Boothferry To Germany is now celebrating four years of Football Culture blogging. To mark the occasion, we have picked out our four favourite articles written on our site in the past 365 days Continue reading
For Part I of “Nonidentical Twins”, please click here.
At the height of Moorish rule in Spain, their capital city was not Granada, but Cordoba. Cordoba was an established but weathered Roman settlement on the banks of the Guadalquivir River at the foothills of the Sierra Morena. Its strategic location offered three major advantages for Continue reading
The Magic Fans of St Etienne. Somebody clearly had a go at peeling it off before my camera and I got to it.
Granada CF had a sublime second half of the 2018/2019 La Segunda campaign, coming from 5th place in March to earn promotion back to La Liga by finishing the season in 2nd place. Yet arguably more impressive than the East Andalusian club’s hard-fought journey to Spain’s top flight has been its outrageous Continue reading
Two games in eight hours played in cities located in two different Spanish provinces? Not a problem for the FBTG crew, but it made for a tight schedule. We dedicated our recent Sunday to the Beautiful Game as it is played in the lower leagues in the Continue reading
The ethnic Han account for approximately 92% of the population of the People’s Republic of China. A couple hundred other ethnic groups are formally recognised by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), though possibly thousands more exist unofficially within the world’s most populous country. In his book “The Emperor Far Away”, author David Eimer literally and figuratively explores four geographic regions of China where the Han Chinese are outnumbered by their reluctant compatriots, and his work directly inspired this article.
The picture he paints is bleak. While the Han Continue reading