One of the things that I lament about British and certainly English Football culture is the distinct lack of the amount of scarves that one sees on the terraces. As their heroes walk out onto the pitch in Seville, Stuttgart and Szczecin, fans Continue reading
In a recent Friday night conversation with a fellow Football culture enthusiast over a beer, the question came up as to which of the thousands of the world’s professional and semi-professional Football clubs were the FBTG writers planning on dedicating blog posts to next. Such Continue reading
Many comment on the decline of Serie A as an exhibition of the highest quality Football on the planet in the past two decades, but far fewer seem to correctly observe the fact that the Italian Football culture has been undoubtedly one of the most influential in the 20th century. Fanatics and Ultras from Lombardy to Sicily were the first to incorporate choreographies and tifos into the typical game day on a large scale, and this Continue reading
Emerging from the ashes of Pompeii is SS Juve Stabia, currently of Italy’s Serie C. Nestled in the tight corner between popular destinations Sorrento, Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, infamous Napoli and Vesuvius itself, Castellammare di Stabia’s close proximity to tifosi hotbed Naples has influenced the extreme behaviour of the Ultras Stabiesi fan group of small club SS Juve Stabia.
Seen on location in London.
At the best of times, Footballers give pretty monotonous interviews. But there is nothing duller or more repetitive than the obligatory new-player-signing-interview conducted by the club and splashed about across social media to keep the fans engaged.
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Ultra lifestyle Social Media pages such as “Ultras World” share images and stories from fanatics around the world, the best tifos and pyro shows spreading globally. But when these Social Media pages share images or stories from games in England, they tend to result in lists of comments criticising the modern English stadium atmospheres. “RIP England” and the like. Followers from Casablanca to Java are simply not seeing choreos, pyrotechnic use, custom flags and in-stadium clashes, what they believe characterise good atmosphere, in England. The simple conclusion is that England doesn’t have fanatics and atmosphere any more. FBTG openly acknowledges that English Continue reading
SUMMARY: a Capo ensures in-game fan organisation to optimise how impressive the support sounds and looks, as all fans have clear instructions what to sing and do. But having a single person leading all chants and songs sacrifices the wit and humour often associated with terrace life, something that has characterised English Football support for generations.
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With the pre-season Hull City vs Torino FC fixture announced, let’s take a look at the Serie A club. One of the longest standing Italian professional sports clubs with a very glorious history, if less successful in recent decades. The Northwest of Italy, being the first Continue reading