Football

Groundhopping Hamburg

The term ‘groundhopping’ has been used since the late 1980s and is made up of the two English words ‘ground’ and ‘to hop’. Groundhoppers are people who cross national borders, and travel within their own country, to see as many football stadiums including football games as possible. It is a kind of football-based tourism.  …

The Rise of Jawa Pos and Persebaya

*An earlier version of this article was published in Indonesian on Fandom.id, here: Jawa Pos dan Sepak Bola. Fajar Junaedi looks at the role played by newspapers in creating football fan culture in Java. The Jawa Pos (Java Post), a newspaper based in the east Javanese city of Surabaya, recently had a three page report…

Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

/1/ A stadium has multiple lives: it’s an architectural structure that can serve grand political interests and ideologies, as well as those more local. In de Certeau’s terms, a stadium is a kind strategy, and within it, and around it, users make it a site of their tactics. A stadium can both serve as a…

Ersatz Capitalism and Indonesian Football

*Guest post by Fajar Junaedi of Muhamadiyah University, Yogyakarta **This article is a translation of Kapitalism Semu dan Kegagalan Swastanisasi Sepak Bola Indonesia. There is a missing link in professional football in Indonesia. The combination of the Association clubs with those of the Galatama (professional) clubs was intended to create a holistic professional competition. But,…

Watching Jong Ajax

Tom Boere, FC Eindhoven’s No.10, scored in the 86th minute to make it 1:2 to FC Eindhoven. There was a brief gasp from the Jong Ajax fans and jubilation amongst the travelling FC Eindhoven fans. They had scored their first goal at the start of the second half, Ajax had equalised and then without many…

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