The threat of hooliganism and the right wing

ALEC LUHN RECENT WROTE A PIECE FOR THE GUARDIAN CONCERNING the escapism provided by the ‘refugee’ Shakhtar Donetsk players. Football at its best does indeed provide the enclosed and exhilarating escapism that many people need in order to forget the misery and mayhem occurring out-with the confines of the stadium. Increasingly however, such escapism may be…

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A World of Ultras: Raja Casablanca

WELCOME TO CASABLANCA, Morocco’s biggest and most densely populated city. To the majority, it is best known as the setting for arguably Hollywood’s finest film; however, the city also plays host to one of the continents greatest football clubs, as well as their universally notorious fans. This is Raja and the famous Green Boy Ultras.…

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A World of Ultras: St. Pauli

GERMANY: A PIONEER OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME and one of the most successful footballing nations on both the club and international stage. Following the national team’s triumph at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the buzz around German football has never been stronger. When it comes to the domestic scene, there are a number of clear images…

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A World of Ultras: Panathinaikos

Since the birth of Western civilisation, Athens has been one of the most culturally significant cities on the planet. That sentiment rings particularly true in the sporting arena, thanks primarily to Greece’s central role in Olympic Games history, however football has been king in this region for over a century and the fan culture easily ranks…

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A World of Ultras: Vélez Sarsfield

Welcome to Buenos Aires, a furnace of football fanaticism and arguably the epicentre of ultra activity in the Southern Hemisphere. Argentina’s capital is notorious for being a city that breathes football, and the combination of quality on the pitch and passion in the stands gives it a unique allure that draws worldwide appreciation. Whilst there is…

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A World of Ultras: Red Star

This feature is part of A World of Ultras Delije: a term that strikes fear across Europe and evokes all the images linked to football ultras. This is the name of Red Star Belgrade’s notorious ultras gang, and those fortunate enough to ever experience a match at the Marakana will take the memories to the grave.…

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A World of Ultras: Scotland

WITH A POPULATION that only just eclipses the five million mark, it is no surprise that Scotland isn’t a major player in international football. However, when it comes to action off it, the Boys in Blue have cemented their place as one of the planet’s most passionate sets of supporters. Ultras is probably not a word…

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