Football, Fascism and Fandom: The UltraS of Italian Football

Front Cover
A&C Black, Nov 16, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
0 Reviews
Passionate, political and principled, the UltraS are the hardcore
subculture of football supporters found in the stadiums of Italy.
Amongst the most committed and uncompromising are two such groups who
gather in support of the main football clubs of Rome - AS Roma and SS
Lazio. Openly proclaiming neo-fascist sympathies, and not afraid of
violence against rival supporters and police, these groups (the Boys
Roma and the Lazio Irriducibili) are well-organised and determined to
bring about social and political change and stamp out those who oppose
them. The much-maligned football hooligans of England pale by
comparison.

Following years of research involving individuals inside these
organisations, and drawing on exclusive interviews with each group's
leading figures, Alberto Testa and Gary Armstrong present a fascinating
account of the world of the neo-fascist UltraS.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
01 Chains of Meaning
13
02 The SetUp
17
03 The Stadio Olimpico and its Heroes
29
04 Rome and Glory
43
05 Dare Believe Be Reckless
55
06 An Emerging Social Movement?
69
07 Political Ideology and the UltraS
87
10 The Warrior Spirit
135
11 Race and the Fatherland
153
12 The Italian Media and the UltraS
171
13 The Enemy
185
14 Rising Sons?
207
Other studies of UltraS and ultrá
217
References
223
Index
235

08 UltraS Society
105
09 True UltraS and the Modern World
119

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Gary Armstrong is a Reader in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel
University, London, and author of Football Hooligans (Berg). Alberto Testa is a Lecturer in the Social Sciences of Sport at Brunel University, London.

Bibliographic information