March of the Hooligans: Soccer's Bloody Fraternity (Next Stop: America)

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Is North America the next stop?

“I have been keeping a wary eye on the growing soccer scene in America,” writes Dougie Brimson. “And while the Los Angeles Galaxy’s purchase of the great David Beckham is going to provide the game with a huge boost, I have a very real concern that he isn’t the only British import that is going to impact American soccer over the coming seasons.”

Hooligan-turned-acclaimed author Dougie Brimson is the UK’s most respected authority on soccer ...

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Overview

Is North America the next stop?

“I have been keeping a wary eye on the growing soccer scene in America,” writes Dougie Brimson. “And while the Los Angeles Galaxy’s purchase of the great David Beckham is going to provide the game with a huge boost, I have a very real concern that he isn’t the only British import that is going to impact American soccer over the coming seasons.”

Hooligan-turned-acclaimed author Dougie Brimson is the UK’s most respected authority on soccer hooligan-ism. Now, in a book written specifically for an American audience, he tells the astonishing story of the rampant hooliganism among European soccer fans and how it could spread to the U.S. Written in the raw, in-your-face style that has won considerable acclaim in Europe—The Daily Mail (London) said Brimson had written “probably the best book ever on soccer violence”—March of the Hooligans is a powerfully intimate look at what hooliganism has become and where it is headed.

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Apparently, football hooliganism has been around since the Middle Ages: In 1314, Edward I banned the sport because of the disorderliness it seemed to generate. From that dark beginning, European soccer misbehavior has only blossomed. Nobody knows this better than Dougie Brimson, a former hooligan who has become the U.K.'s most respected authority on this rampant mass misbehavior. In March of the Hooligans, he describes the trampling effect of fan gangs on the Other Side of the Pond and explains why North America might be their next stop.
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A British reformed football hooligan (i.e., soccer thug) issues a j'accuse and mea culpa regarding a blight on his country's-indeed the world's-top sport, as well as a warning that this brand of anarchy is imminent in the Beckham-era United States. In his U.S. debut, Brimson, author of 12 soccer-related titles and screenwriter for the 2005 film Hooligans, begins and ends with an unconvincing red alert to America that the rising popularity of this mostly disregarded sport could lead to the kind of brutality and bloodshed that has marred the game in England for decades. But the author's own stated reasons this might not be-(1) the vastness of the country is unaccommodating to local rivalries; and (2) there is no history of hooligan culture to build on-are sufficiently valid for extinguishing his earnest foreboding. In between, though, he offers a captivating history of the outrageous behavior of British fans, many of whom gleefully carry on the tradition. Brimson portrays hooliganism-practiced not just by disaffected young toughs, but by doctors, lawyers, even company directors-as an obsessive jones: "So addictive does this rush become that it is very difficult to pull back. I've fought in two wars, flown in fighter jets, raced cars . . . but [this] is without doubt the most incredibly exciting and enjoyable thing I have ever known." He spares himself no guilt in his involvement in the fist-fighting, "missile"-throwing and police beatings. Anecdote after anecdote recount maulings and even killings perpetrated by proud, unrepentant fans the author admonishes, some of whom, he says, denounce him for his breaking of omerta. An extensive glossary of Briticisms-bollocks, pitch, geezers-andfootball essentials-Lacoste, Adidas, Burberry-is both helpful and amusing. Too brief, but chockablock with riveting, shocking tales of madness that cut to the heart of a passion unthinkable in the United States but very real-and very frightening-elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753512937
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,022,199
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 6.12 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Twelve bestselling, critically acclaimed books of both fiction and non-fiction plus a Hollywood movie—Dougie Brimson co-developed the story and was senior screenwriter and consultant for Green Street Hooligans starring Elijah Wood—have established this former hooligan as Britain’s foremost authority on sports violence and “lad culture.” Brimson lives in Hertfordshire, England. This is his American debut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    A fascinating and exhilarating story on the dangers of soccer in England and its future.

    ¿I have been keeping a wary eye on the growing soccer scene in America, and while the Los Angeles Galaxy¿s purchase of the great David Beckham is going to provide the game with a huge boost, I have a very real concern that he isn¿t the only British import that is going to impact American soccer over the coming seasons. ¿ Dougie Brimson is an acclaimed expert on soccer hooliganism, which is the fights and brawls between rival soccer fans in England and that has spread throughout Europe. Now, he has written a book expressing all of his own emotions, such as his energy and adrenaline, as well as other hooligans¿ emotions also. In March Of The Hooligans, Dougie Brimson tells about his stories of being a soccer hooligan, including all the fights, the hatred between the rival teams, the stories of the many casualties, and much more. He wrote this book specifically for an American audience, sharing crazy stories about hooliganism in England. This book has won several awards, and the Daily Mail (London) said Brimson had written ¿probably the best book ever on soccer violence.¿ I loved this book. After reading it, I would rate it 5 stars because it was a well-written and interesting book, with lots of action. I especially liked the afterward on hooliganism coming to the U.S. It was very interesting and it made a very good point that not only is soccer becoming more popular, but also more dangerous in the United States. Overall, I think March of The Hooligans was a very sophisticated look at hooliganism and where it is headed in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

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    After all the hype on the various blogs, I was eagerly awaiting this book and it didn't disappoint. I read it in one hit! The books premise of hooliganism taking hold on the MLS has been the source of much discussion ranging from 'about time someone said this' to 'how stupid, it'll never happen' but in reality, this book is much more of a warning of what could happen if we aren't careful and how it could be stopped. Brimson actually adopts the ideal approach to the subject matter by using his own experiences to explain how the individual becomes involved and what the appeal of soccer violence is for those who take part. He then extends this into an objective look at soccer culture in the US before using some very interesting and thought provoking reasoning to explain why he thinks hooliganism could soon rear its ugly head. Although not convinced about all of it, there were certainly a few 'I never thought of that' moments for me. If nothing else, this book will blow away any misconceptions you might have about soccer hooliganism being some kind of quaint English game but it's also a very good and well written read. More importantly, I hope someone has the foresight to send copies to everyone involved with the MLS adminsitration!

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