football

Pakistan: The struggles of workers making footballs for the FIFA World Cup

The Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedo, confirmed that his country will be using footballs manufactured in the Pakistani city of Sialkot for the World Cup. More than 70% of the world's footballs are made in Sialkot. Despite the “hallmark of quality” and “exceptional product”, the reality of their production is the brutal exploitation of the local working class.

Bologna supporters fined for anti-police brutality protest

Flag displaying Federico Aldrovandi's face at another match.

Supporters of Bologna football club have been fined for their protest during an away game at Napoli on Sunday to commemorate the violent murder of a teenager by police officers in Ferrara, Northern Italy.

The effects of the Hillsborough disaster and police cover up

The frontpage on the left is the infamous smear paper

Steve Kelly is the brother of one of the 96 Liverpool FC fans crushed to death in 1989 in Hillsborough, this is his account of how the police treated the families of the victims and the impact of the coverup and media smears.

Boycotts and legal action as Clapton fans fight to take their club back

Supporters of Clapton FC, renowned for their left-wing politics and activity in the local community, are continuing their struggle to take control away from the current owners and turn the East London club into a democratic, fan-owned football club open to the community.

Finisterre, Alejandro, 1919-2007

Alejandro Finisterre

A short biography of Spanish anarchist poet and inventor of table football (“foosball”), Alejandro Finisterre, born Alejandro Campos Ramirez.

Not welcome in Vallekas: Roman Zozulya and Rayo Vallecano

Small in sport, big in values; long live Rayo and the working class!

When Rayo Vallecano made a loan deal with Real Betis for Roman Zozulya, a player linked to far-right ultras and the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine, the team's famously left-wing supporters started a 'Zozulya Not Welcome' campaign that has since led to the player being sent back to his parent club.

The politics and culture of FC St. Pauli: from leftism, through anti-establishment, to commercialization

An article on the politics and history of St.Pauli F.C. by Petra Daniel and Christos Kassimeris.

What we can learn from the US women's soccer team

The US women's soccer team has recently been in the news, both for a wage discrimination suit and a judge denying them the right to strike during the Rio Olympics. This is something we should be paying attention to. Here's why.

‘We Want Our Club Back!’: the Clapton Supporters Action Fund

Clapton FC's fans have gained notoriety in recent years: for their massive turnouts at non-league games, their dedication to anti-fascism, and their passionate singing from kick-off to the final whistle. Now they're challenging the club's owners in attempt to take over the club and put it under fan-ownership.

Clapton Ultras

Dot Cotton

The Clapton Ultras have carved out something of a spectacle in East London at the Old Spotted Dog football ground, whilst managing to espouse progressive class politics and having fun at the same time.