Odysseys

  • World Cup Dispatches From Curitiba

    WORDS: MATT MILLOWAY

    The United States may have been playing many miles further north, but one American who failed in his quest for tickets to see the homeland in action took his chances in unfashionable Curitiba instead. During his stay he encountered six very different sets of supporters and witnessed the end of an era…

    Iran supporters

  • Bari In Their Hearts

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    It has been a turbulent year for Bari supporters, who this season saw their club lurch to the brink of ruin, without an owner. Yet the biancorossi faithful have rallied in adversity and their passion has carried the team on a wave of euphoria, creating an unlikely feel-good story at the Stadio San Nicola…

    Curva Nord - Bari 3

  • Shimizu Impulse: Falling For The J.League

    WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: BARRY VALDER

    After arriving in Japan with visions of ageing Western stars seeing out their careers in the J.League, it was quite an eye-opener for an English fan to discover a whole new football culture and a young, exciting league. It wasn’t long before he became one of the regular faces at Shimizu S-Pulse…

    kokuritsu national stadium (1)

  • Racing Club: The Long And Loyal Wait

    WORDS: DANIEL EDWARDS                         PHOTOGRAPHY: NACHO POY

    After a desperate search for a ticket to the first Copa Argentina final, a 15-hour bus ride to San Juan, and a skinful of cheap alcohol, an English supporter of Racing Club was ready to see his once-great club end an 11-year wait for glory, yet the wait goes on for the country’s “most long-suffering fans”

    racingibwm13

  • Alan Black: From Clyde to California

    INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

    When Alan Black moved from Glasgow to California, he discovered that the kids in suburban America didn’t react too well to his Scottish coaching technique. After writing a critically acclaimed book about his experiences, he spoke to TheInsideLeft about the game’s transatlantic cultural differences…

    The 1906 Ultras group support San Jose Earthquakes home and away and drive the atmosphere at games

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