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You can see them, but you don't know them.

Ultras are football fans like no others. A hugely visible and controversial part of the global game, their credo and aesthetic replicated in almost every league everywhere on earth, a global movement of extreme fandom and politics is also one of the largest youth movements in the world. Yet they remain unknown: an anti-establishment force that is transforming both football and politics. In this book, James Montague goes underground to uncover the true face of this dissident force for the first time. 

1312: Among the Ultras tells the story of how the movement began and how it grew to become the global phenomenon that now dominates the stadiums from the Balkans and Buenos Aires. With unprecedented insider access, the book investigates how ultras have grown into a fiercely political movement, embracing extremes on both the left and right; fighting against the commercialisation of football and society - and against the attempts to control them by the authorities, who both covet and fear their power. 

©2020 James Montague (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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An interesting visit around global ultras culture

I was interested in global football fan culture and where football support cross over into identity, patriotism, class and political movements.

the author takes an interesting global perspective on how communities define themselves through football. It provides as much of a travelogue as it is about football, and it is interesting to understand different snapshots of football clubs and their supporters.

the narration can be a bit dry and hard to follow on occasions and there is perhaps too much focus on personal relationships with people the author met, but it is a worthy listen if you're interested in the subject matter

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Excelled book

Doesn’t glamorise the Ultra scene as many books on the subject do, simply tells their story in a very enjoyable way. Brilliant listen!

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If you are interested in the ultras/hooligan scene then you will enjoy this book.

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Interesting - more than a footy book

Narrator easy to listen to. Easy enjoyable listen
That provides insight into historical events surrounding football clubs and explains its intertwined relationship with society

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astonishing

Dripping with the insight into the culture, history and life of these fan groups. A completely different way of looking at football & its fans.