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‘El Nino’ Returns

B6hUQgjCQAAnZmd When Póg Mo Goal spent some time living in Madrid, the Galácticos hype was at its peak. The Bernabéu Stadium was a mecca for day-trippers as the glamour of the game’s biggest names proved intoxicating. Across the city, however, beleaguered Atlético supporters still packed the Estadio Vincente Calderon and sang the name of ‘El Nino’. Now Fernando Torres has returned. Continue reading →

Brazil’s Hooligans, The Dark Side of the Beautiful Game

uchida 8 Forget what newspapers say about Brazilian hooliganism. I’ve seen and been living it for years. I didn’t need to read or hear about it. Nobody had to tell me how it is to be in a train or a bus with your mates when rivals attack, I myself have already lived it. For many times I also had to run from police even though my photographer card was on my chest. Brazilian photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida explores the dark side of the beautiful game. Continue reading →

World Cup Legends: ‘A childhood dream’

pele Amar Shah’s family ran a sports store importing footballs from Pakistan so he grew up re-enacting World Cup moments with his mates. When Adidas released a historical match-ball series for the 2010 World Cup, on a dare from his wife, he set about a mission: to have a World Cup winning legend sign each ball in the collection. This is his story. Continue reading →

YNWA from the Kop

the kop This amazing footage gives an idea of the atmosphere on the Kop at Anfield ahead of the massive game with Manchester City, from the stunning rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone to the poignant minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Continue reading →

Tifo: Inside the Timbers Army

Tifo: Inside the Timbers Army The independent supporters group of the Portland Timbers, known as the Timbers Army, are renowned for their passionate and enthusiastic presence at all matches. “Tifo: Inside the Timbers Army,” follows the creation and unveiling of the tifo, a visual display, when the Timbers’ battle their biggest rivals, the Seattle Sounders. Continue reading →

Bohs Fans Choose New Kit

bohs Bohemians fans were given the opportunity to choose the new kit design to be worn next season. Polls closed on Tuesday night on the four short-listed designs by manufacturer Macron. The poll was run by Harbinger Design and Media, the team behind the classy Bohs website. Continue reading →

Polish Passions Flare in Warsaw

legia 10 Legia Warsaw supporters responded with a tifo and flare display to UEFA’s order to close the section housing their Ultras for their Champions League clash play-off with Steaua Bucharest. The Polish champions were fined €30,000 for the “racist behaviour” of fans during the previous round. Continue reading →

Fan Direction #2: Cork City FORAS

CorkCity In the second of our Fan Direction series, looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, the spotlight is on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction. The Turners Cross outfit are now the driving force in Ireland behind an EC initiative on football governance. Continue reading →

Fan Direction #1: Shelbourne’s 1895 Trust

SHELBOURNE crop Much has been made of the fact that the two teams contesting this weekend’s Champions League final are fan-owned entities in the Bundesliga. There is a train of thought that clubs where supporters have a pivotal role in how they are run is the way forward for long-term sustainability and you don’t have to look far to see that Irish football is ahead of the game in this regard. Shelbourne are the latest club to embrace fan involvement in an official capacity with the recent launch of the 1895 Trust. Continue reading →