The Copa Libertadores Embarrassment

River Plate Boca Juniors half scarves

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

Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – BSG Chemie Leipzig

More than nominally “left-wing” fans, supporters of BSG Chemie Leipzig proactively fight rising commercialism in Football by voluntarily undertaking a lot of basic jobs around the club. This relieves the club of some overhead costs, and as a consequence, the club is in less need to sell advertising space to diversify its revenue streams. Fan integration is a key part of Chemie Leipzig, and the close relationship between management and supporters should be thought-provoking and inspirational to anyone concerned about fan welfare being compromised by business interests in Football.

Chemie Leipzig sticker

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Celtic And AEK Athens

AEK Athens ultras

A video posted by Football community page “The Away Fans” in the past 24 hours showing an AEK Athens FC away supporter gifting his shirt to a young Celtic fan during the two clubs’ tie in the UEFA Champions’ League has garnered a lot of online adulation. It may at first seem an odd thing for a travelling AEK fan to do, but it is demonstrative of the strikingly similar histories of the two clubs Continue reading

Chinese Football Chronicles | Copy Cats

Beijing Guoan Ultras

For Part 1 of the Chinese Football Chronicles, click here.

An immediate observation of the fan culture at Chinese Football games is the lack of anything new. Fans wave colourful flags, bounce, drum, clap, raise scarves and shine their smartphone torches at at the end of a match; traditions observable at Football stadia around the world. Chinese Football fans are looking to foreign leagues for inspiration and borrowing customs that they think work well, instead of taking the time to develop fan traditions of their own. It may sound harsh, but it is certainly true.

When you think about it, this behavioural pattern makes sense. In Continue reading