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Football Nations

A look at the unique characteristics of fans in different countries as well as the special regions & people that define a country's football identity!

Feature articles in this category:

The Case Of Bafana Bafana - Mark Gleeson, February 2003

A battle in the courts of South Africa has led to its football association (SAFA) being unable to cash in on their national team's nickname, Bafana Bafana, after originally trying to disown it. Mark Gleeson reports on the power of public sentiment over the authorities.

Benin's Soccer Fans Are Proud, But Ask For More - Karim Okanla, April 2003

Until recently, the Squirrels – as Benin's national squad is known – were the minnows on the African football scene. However, recent successes on the field and a jump up the FIFA world rankings have raised expectations amongst fans. So much so that their coach, Rene Taelman, was replaced recently after a 3-0 defeat to Sudan.

Tartan Army - Jon Wilkinson, June 2003

The legions of Scotland fans show again why they are considered by many to the best fans in the world.

Spain's immigrant fans get the Real deal - Phil Minshull, April 2003

Many of Spain's growing immigrant population have decided that, rather than following their native teams from afar, they would prefer to lend their support to local clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Turkey fans: Making Noise - And Friends - In The North - Jon Wilkinson, April 2003

4,500 Turkey fans had travelled from far and wide to the north of England to support their national team, make plenty of noise - and, as footballculture.net learnt, quite a few friends along the way.

Lisbon in London - Jon Wilkinson, May 2002

The Portuguese community in London has arranged themselves around the fierce loyalty to their country's top clubs, but what happens when Portugal plays as a nation?

Style Wars - Rogan Taylor, April 2002

"The late 1970s and the early 1980s were the period of the 'style wars'…" and a time when Liverpool supporters helped define the identity of European fans.

Football Superstitions in Argentina - Lourdes Heredia, June 2001

Players, fans and even the President try to help influence the good luck of their team.

The Thailand National Team - Mike Lee, December 2001

The Next Asian Football Superpower? How Peter Withe is laying the foundations for Thai football's ascendancy.

Shanghai, The Devils Of The Orient - May 2001

Shanghai Shenhua is one of the biggest clubs in China. Wang Qihao, President of the Blue Devils' Fans Association tells us what it means to follow them.

Manolo, Spain - May 2001

Every national team has its obsessive followers. But few are as famous, as loud, as bold, as downright bombastic as Manolo - el del Bombo (he of the drum).

Paul Gregory - Sheffield Wednesday's Tango Man - May 2001

Sheffield Wednesday, England, look fondly on fan Paul Gregory who has come to be known as "The Tango Man".

Casting An Eye Over Lens - May 2001

In France, no club is closer to British football culture than Lens. In the heart of a region passionate about football, the "Racing Club" has been successful through the years, while remaining true to its popular roots. Its biggest asset? Its fans, who are greatly influenced by supporters from the other side of the Channel.

Hail, Hail The Celts Are Here - Don Watson, May 2001

Don Watson tells us what it means to follow the green and white hoops of Glasgow Celtic.

British Fans Are Different - Simon Kuper, May 2001

British football, so they say, is in decline. Out-played, out-thought - it's club teams full of foreigners. But lift your eyes from the pitch to the stands, and you'll see a group of people who are copied worldwide - Britain's devoted fans.

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