UE Sant Andreu first came into this blog’s consciousness during a brief visit to Madrid. The 2nd of 3 Copa Del Rey fixures in 3 consecutive days saw Club Atlético de Madrid compete at home to Sant Andreu, a team dressed in a very brash yellow top with four vertically dissecting red stripes. In the face of the Football club that Continue reading
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
Wilfred Agbonavbare died four years ago to this day. While his playing career may be less than dazzling, his face will continue to be seen around Madrid’s less-privileged housing estates and his name will continue to be spoken with reverence for years to come.
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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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