Category Archives: Football

The Left Wingers

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The Left Wingers

I had been thinking of compiling a team of past and present footballers who happened to have interesting or even extreme politics. Of course, problems arose. Would a fascist winger track back to help out a commie fullback? Would that fullback overlap for the winger? The answer is: probably. Nevertheless I decided to make two teams – one with vaguely right-wing sensibilities, from Thatcherites to full-blown Nazis; and the other made up of old-school socialists, squatters and even a Situationist prankster (kind of). Read the rest of this entry

The Right Wingers

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The Right Wingers

I had been thinking of compiling a team of past and present footballers who happened to have interesting or even extreme politics. Of course, problems arose. Would a fascist winger track back to help out a commie fullback? Would that fullback overlap for the winger? The answer is: probably. Nevertheless I decided to make two teams – one with vaguely right-wing sensibilities, from Thatcherites to full-blown Nazis; and the other made up of old-school socialists, squatters and even a Situationist prankster (kind of). Read the rest of this entry

Punks in Football

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Punks in Football

My favorite players as a kid discovering football at the start of the 90s were, for the most part, an illustrious bunch. Indeed, many of them still rank as true all-time greats. Maradona, of course, and his compatriot Claudio Caniggia; the Dutch trio of Rijkaard, Gullit and Van Basten, Roberto Baggio, Carlos Valderama and Stuart Pearce. Read the rest of this entry

Is Real Madrid Evil?

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Is Real Madrid Evil?

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: yesssssssss!!!

I’ve known the answer to this for quite some time now.  I consider myself a rational sports fan, not easily swayed by emotion, but with football, my rationality takes a back burner to passion.  I was not born a football fan, having only started following it after living in Barcelona for some years.  I’m more of a casual fan with bouts of rage.  I don’t know all there is to know about the sport but one thing is certain.  I HATE Real Madrid.  I hate everything about them, from their pampered, baby-of-a-superstar, to their coach and to their fans.  I hate them more than any other team in sports.  More than the Yankees, Dodgers, Lakers, Collingwood Magpies, and Dallas Cowboys combined (the last one pains me to write).  Is my hatred rational?  Am I simply a product of the rivalry between the two clubs and the two cities?  I’ve decided to take a closer look. Read the rest of this entry