The Ball And The Bodega

Xerez Deportivo bar

I arrived in Jerez de la Frontera not just to sample some of and learn about the city’s legendary fortified wines, but to also meet with members of El Kolectivo Sur; the only ultra group to have represented their city in all levels of Spanish professional and semi-professional Football. What surprised me however is the way in which the city’s great drinking tradition is so readily visible in the Football culture in this fine Andalusian city.

There exists an enduring myth that the word “Sherry” derives Continue reading

El Kolectivo Sur – Interview

Football ultras drum

El Kolectivo Sur is the ultra group of Xerez Deportivo CF, a young Football club from the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera founded by fans as financial wobbles hit Xerex CD, the stalwart La Segunda outfit for long periods of time. We caught the club’s home league fixture against Atlético Espleño before grabbing a cold Cruzcampo with two of the group’s leading members to talk about Football support in the Sherry City. Both Continue reading

Sticker Plaque At Tiki Taka

Barcelona Football merchandise

After photographing our FBTG Aufkleber stuck onto an arbitrary sign in front of La Sagrada Familia, I retired from Spain’s most famous Cathedral (sorry Burgos) to get away from all the snap happy tourists. Energy drink in hand and happily in the shade, I perused the countless souvenir shops that compete to take your Euros away from you, stopping to enjoy a selection of dolls dressed in blue and red that were apparently supposed to represent current FC Barcelona players. Luis Suarez‘s teeth were a bit Continue reading