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
A club that needs little introduction to avid enthusiasts of Football Culture writing, Celtic once again tie their colours to the antifa post in this design, even though the conventional image most people have of Celtic as a left-wing club isn’t entirely accurate. Colours already faded before my camera got there, this sticker must have been here for quite a while.
An immediate observation made at Chinese Football games is the consistent employment of a Capo figure in blocks of fans and Ultras within the stadium. At all Chinese Super League matches I’ve attended in the People’s Republic, a Capo has been present at every single one.
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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.
This piece of graffiti was seen in Southern Thailand in 2017. Does that Lion appear familiar to you in any way? While being a striking design in its own right, this Lion holding the Thai flag acts as a subtle nod toward the recent success that Thailand has had in the Premier League.
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Celtic FC, the “Rebel’s Choice”, has emerged as one of Britain’s most internationally popular Football clubs in recent years thanks entirely to its proactive and colourful fan culture. Celtic’s association with punk club FC Sankt Pauli and frequent displays of pro-Palestinian flags during Continue reading
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
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