The disposable lives of Indonesian football fans

by Andy Fuller*

This tragedy was entirely avoidable. And as usual, those who are culpable are likely to escape without appropriate punishment. This tragedy has long been on the cards. But, even its likelihood of eventuating wasn’t enough for the authorities to ...

Amina Maatoug & the fine art of chilled running

On any given Wednesday at Leiden Atletiek, Amina Maatoug, cuts a diminutive figure. Softly spoken, she makes her way through the loopscholing drills with balance and focus. Then, during the technieklopjes, he speed is revealed. Amina’s feet lightly touch the ground, ...

Running and (inadvertently) Winning: Jolijn Swager

Jolijn has a habit of winning races. If not winning, then at least popping up smilingly on the podium. Some of us spend our whole amateur careers without enjoying the glory of flowers, vouchers or an envelop filled with a few euro ...

Bonek dan Semangat Perjuangan

oleh: Andy Fuller

Memang agak sulit menjadi seorang ‘pengamat sepakbola Indonesia’, kalau tinggal di luar Indonesia itu sendiri. Tetapi, derasnya berita dan posting di sosmed menjembatani jarak di antara ‘di luar’ dan ‘di dalam’ Indonesia. Aktivitas para Bonek dari Surabaya (dan di ...

Bonek against gang violence

Yamadipati Seno, 6th February 2020. First published on Mojok.

All of us already know that it is useless to rely on the police to solve the problem of klitih (roughly translatable as ‘gang violence’) in Jogja. The police take so ...

Irene Gabriëlle Ergün & the privilege of being healthy

“it’s the subtle things that I get from my runs. I never come back without feeling different from at the beginning of my run. It makes me on one level physically satisfied for the rest of the day.”

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Running is ...

Dominic Bersee

It’s a strangely warm Wednesday evening at Leiden Atletiek. The warm up consists of a gentle run through the Leidse Hout which neighbours the track. Running through the little woods of the Leidse Hout, I somehow fall into stride with Dominic ...