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

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