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

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

by Dougie Brimson
 

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

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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 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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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.

Product Details

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

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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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