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Football, Fascism and Fandom: The UltraS of Italian Football

Alberto Testa, Gary Armstrong

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From the publisher:

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.

The author:

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


A & C Black
23 x 15 cm
Black and white photographs throughout
256 pages
November 2010