Dortmund Fans pre-match against Malaga

Watch the Dortmund fans incredible 3D banner as they show remarkable choreography within the Sud-West Tribune to correlate and produce this work of art.

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Udinese. Feeder club to the world?

Made In Udine.

Made In Udine.

The publicity surrounding Udinese’s clearly superb scouting network has clearly grown since the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona for the princely sum of £23 million. This figure is all the more impressive when you consider that the Zebrette originally bought him for a pittance, a mere £100,000. The management and nous that they showed to turn him from a raw and inconsistent fledgling into one of the best wingers in the world sets an example to other clubs in the modern game. The recent return to Chile of Eduardo Vargas, supposedly one of South America’s top talents, is a depressing example of mismanagement. He joined Napoli for a large fee which definitely placed him under far more pressure than he was used to, and instead of simply loaning him back to South America straight away, he was left to sit on the bench, his first-team action hard to come by due to the burgeoning talents of Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi. Continue reading

Why Terracing Should Be Permitted In The Premier League.

Of course, the original reasoning behind the banning of terracing is a strong one. The Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 96 people lost their lives, was thought to be as a direct result of the fact that the Liverpool fans were standing on a large, massively overcrowded, under policed terrace. Now without forgetting this terrible accident, I believe that the terrace should be due a resurgence.

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Why the Idea of Flares should be Embraced By The Football-going Public.

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Hated by the board, lauded by the fans, the flare has always very much been seen as a symbol of the ‘ultra’ or ‘tifosi’ and something that has never really made it big in England. This may simply be due to our incredibly strict policy on flares, and indeed any kind of fireworks, due the promotion of a more family friendly atmosphere since the outlawing of terracing, or it may simply be due to the fact that the idea of a select group of fans, the ‘ultras’, who provide the atmosphere and usually contain a die-hard follower with a megaphone and a bare-chested, suitably tattooed, man with a drum. Continue reading