Thursday, April 30, 2015

Russian soccer casuals

Names like the TsSKA firm, and the Red and Blue Warriors emulate the English bad boy supporters and are very well organised boasting of consultation with established groups and hooligan consultants. Pirate copies of The Firm , The Football Factory , and Green Street Hooligans , all about hooliganism, and books such as Everywhere We Go: Behind the Matchday Madness by Dougie and Eddie Brimson,sell well.

Happy slapping is a major feature of the new order with gangs agreed before matches by phone. Rumbles are filmed for later analysis. Engagements usually take place without weaponry and firms are banned from wearing boover boots after reports of serious injuries.

The soker kezhuali fashion advice from belle figures of casual fashions with Stone Island, Lacoste and Dima and 21 overtaking the more conventional Aquascutum, and Fred Perry gear. Authentic gear is vital with real casuals avoiding fake brands as bling and chavs are considered uncool. The first time foreigners became aware of Russian hooligans was in 2002, when fans rioted in Moscow, burning cars and fighting police after the national team lost to Japan in the World Cup. Police have struggled to contain the growth of hooliganism.

Further Reading
Warren J (2003) Sheilas , wogs and poofters Random House Australia

Monday, June 30, 2014

Football, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey and all things in between : Overnights ABC National

Football, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey and all things in between , but what shoes do they wear and what did they wear? Trevor Chappell (Overnights ABC National) and Cameron Kippen talk about the history of sports shoes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hazardous products found in World Cup products:Greenpeace study

Greenpeace Germany tested 33 items for hazardous chemicals and made to be sold inconjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. These included the official ball (adidas), boots, goalkeeper gloves sold by adidas, Nike, and Puma. Test results confirmed many of the products contained hazardous chemicals such as perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates and dimethylformamide (DMF). All these substances have potential to cause harm to health. The investigation found 17 out of 21 football boots and half of the goalkeeper's gloves tested were found to contain ionic PFCs, such as the particularly dangerous PFOA. Adidas' "Predator" boot and Nike's "Tiempo" boot contained the highest levels of PFOA, the campaign group said, while a pair of adidas 'Predator' gloves were also said to contain levels of the substance in excess of the brand's own limits. The 'Brazuca' official World Cup ball was similarly found to contain NPEs, a substance that, when released into the environment, degrades to nonylphenol, a substance known to be toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. NPEs were also found in over two thirds of boots and half of the gloves, indicating the widespread use of the chemical. Phthalates and DMF was detected in all 21 pairs of boots tested. DMF is used as a solvent in boot manufacture and is classed as harmful to reproduction and can also be damaging when in contact with skin. Greenpeace's Detox campaign has successfully convinced 20 companies, including high profile names such as Primark, Zara, Victoria's Secret, and H&M to make commitments to ditch various hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020, a pledge Nike and adidas have also taken.