In an interview with IMAGO, Alex Lopez of Panenka tells us how the magazine, since 2011, has focused on telling the stories of real people and bringing football culture and teams closer to their fans.
“Football without communities and fans is meaningless, modern football is trying to get rid of that feeling, I don’t think they can achieve it.”
My football club is unique. Let me explain why. The above question was first asked in the late 80’s in an article in the seminal Wigan Athletic fanzine Cockney Latic. Essentially, it was a social study intended to break supporters into a number of categories based on their match day rituals.
Each of the following collections was created on film, capturing real fans, clubs, places and cultures. Our friends at Goal Click feature some of their international photo-stories from fans perspectives, giving us a glimpse into their teams, communities and fan culture.
The fan is an intrinsic, irreplaceable part of sport. Without the humble observer, elite competition becomes an unrelenting trudge to the bottom line – a sterile pursuit of results and ever-diminishing (or increasing) numbers.
Plans for a breakaway super league stimulated a fan uprising and rocked European football last month. As fans, politicians and players alike united in outrage, the world was reminded of the position of the football fan and the undeniable culture that encompasses the game. Sam Hudspith looks back on a week of unease for football’s richest clubs.