Tag: ultras

A Tale of One City: Sofia

It’s a warm afternoon in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. Emerging from the metro station, an enveloping heat surrounds me as I take in the scattering of tables selling an eclectic…

The decline of Lille and a troubling time for its ultras

THE IMAGES FROM the pitch invasion and threatening chants at the end of the Lille and Montpellier game recently shocked many, but don’t come as a great surprise to most. In an increasingly…

How a night in Athens saw Balkan football’s ugly side return

Another round of international fixtures yielded another unsavoury incident in the stands in the Balkans recently as the Group H fixture between second-placed Greece and third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina was marred by…

The modern orchestra of football’s ultras

MATHS IS SEEN AS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, something that everyone can recognise no matter where they are located on the globe. Yet to many, maths is that thing you had to endure during…

The importance of ultras in Europe and South America

FOOTBALL IS A SPORT FOR THE PEOPLE, and supporters have organically provided its never-ending heartbeat for well over a century. Over the years, fan culture has, in its own right, become a…

The lost ultras: remembering Siena’s stalwart support

On 15 July 2014, A.C. Siena failed to register for the 2014-15 Serie B season and were declared bankrupt after 110 years of history. It was a poignant end for a provincial club…

A World of Ultras: Galatasaray

This feature is part of A World of Ultras Over the course of this series, we have delved deep into the realms of football fan culture to discover that there is a whole…

A World of Ultras: Zenit Saint Petersburg

This feature is part of A World of Ultras MOST STORIES HAVE two sides to be told, and the tale of Saint Petersburg and its football team is no different. Racism and bigotry…

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…

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,…

A World of Ultras: Panathinaikos

This feature is part of A World of Ultras Since the birth of Western civilisation, Athens has been one of the most culturally significant cities on the planet. That sentiment rings particularly true…

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…