football

Football as a commons

Football has been turned from a commons shared by everybody who loves and practices it, to big business put in service of profit. In this article are described alternatives in which the sport has been run by players and fans.

Negri on football and class struggle

In June of 2006, Antonio Negri spoke with Renaud Dely and Rico Rizzitelli, two journalists from Liberation, about football, fordism and class struggle. Translated from Spanish by Guio Jacinto.

Fascists want to shut down the Clapton Ultras

Clapton Ultras supporting Clapton FC  at The Old Spotted Dog Ground

Far-right groups are trying to shut down the anti-fascist Clapton Ultras, following a largely successful campaign at Bristol-based non-league club.

Brazil World Cup 2014: workers' deaths, racism, gentrification, and cultural terrorism

A brief look at the deaths of four construction workers at the World Cup 2014 stadium construction sites, and at several other scandals associated with next summer's tournament, FIFA, event organisers, and the Brazilian political elite.

Fascism and Football

A documentary on how the Fascist regimes of Spain, Italy and Germany made football an important pillar of their propaganda and the lengths they went to in order to control the sport both domestically and internationally.

Remembering Treviso’s controversial 2001 anti-racism gesture - Paolo Bandini

Article about the anti-racist display by Treviso FC players, following trouble directed at a Nigerian teammate.

Volker Ippig - goalkeeper and squatter

Anarchist footballer who played in the Bundesliga with St. Pauli later becoming a coach and dock worker.

The Di Canio case: children are watching

Children are watching. And they are frightened by our indifference to fascism.

Soccer civil rights

Obdulio Varela

A vignette about the 1949 Uruguayan footballers' strike by Eduardo Galeano, self-professed beggar of good soccer and author of Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

Return to standing?

One premier league and several championship clubs have given their backing to a campaign for the re-introduction of ‘standing’ facilities at football matches. Added to this, around fifty MP’s have signed an early day motion calling for a ‘trial’ of standing sections.