Watching Sparta Rotterdam

Or, “The Last Day of The Season”

The weather is mild: this is an evening for t-shirts and light jackets. The train leaves for Dordrecht from Leiden at 18:30 and will stop at Schiedam Centrum more or less at 1900. This allows ...

Preview: Port vs Tiges

Uncle Tony barracks for Port. Aunty Kip barracks for Port. Uncle Tony is a joker. I’m not sure of his job. I remember he gave me a Crowded House cassette when I was seven, one Christmas in Helmsedale Avenue, Glengowrie. Aunty Kip ...

Brajamusti of PSIM

PSIM, a football club based in Yogyakarta and founded in 1929, has seen better years. The club is well and truly in the  second tier of the domestic competition and suffers from poor management and fan violence. The violence not only occurs ...

The Catastrophe of PSS Sleman

The Catastrophe of PSS Sleman

Sofyan, an Acehnese man, living in Yogyakarta runs a small stall by the side of Lapangan Minggiran (Minggiran Field) in the southern part of the city. His regular customers are largely ex-soccer players from the local leagues. ...

Football Violence in Indonesia

Football Violence in Indonesia: A Case from Yogyakarta

On Sunday 12th October, 2014,  Muhammad Ikhwanuddin, was killed in a car park near Adi Sucipto airport, Yogyakarta. He had been dragged from the bus, beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the ...

Watching FC Union Berlin

*This piece was originally published on Shoot Farken, here.

Football is a practice of cultural production. Being a fan is intrinsic to issues of identity – nationalism, parochialism, ideology, gender. The football stadium is, most often, an overwhelmingly male space. Fans ...

Playing Cities Making Sport

Andy Fuller, Playing Cities Making Sport, Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira Books, 2014

This book came out of an attempt to archive what I have written over the past two-to-three years. Initially, I wanted to collect all of my shorter writings and essays. ...