Ultra The Underworld of Italian Football

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Synopsis

Ultras are often compared to punks, Hell's Angels, hooligans or the South American Barras Bravas. But in truth, they are a thoroughly Italian phenomenon...

From the author of The Dark Heart of Italy, Blood on the Altar and A Place of Refuge.

Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. Many groups have evolved into criminal gangs, involved in ticket-touting, drug-dealing and murder. A cross between the Hell's Angels and hooligans, they're often the foot-soldiers of the Mafia and have been instrumental in the rise of the far-right.

But the purist ultras say that they are are insurgents fighting against a police state and modern football. Only amongst the ultras, they say, can you find belonging, community and a sacred concept of sport. They champion not just their teams, they say, but their forgotten suburbs and the dispossessed.

Through the prism of the ultras, Jones crafts a compelling investigation into Italian society and its favourite sport. He writes about not just the ultras of some of Italy's biggest clubs - Juventus, Torino, Lazio, Roma and Genoa - but also about its lesser-known ones from Cosenza and Catania. He examines the sinister side of football fandom, with its violence and political extremism, but also admires the passion, wit, solidarity and style of a fascinating and contradictory subculture.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781786697363
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Imprint: Head of Zeus
Pub date:
DEWEY: 796.3340945
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 5128
Number of pages: xxvii, 401 , 8 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 714g
Height: 243mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 42mm