Voices from Russia

Monday, 17 July 2017

17 July 2017. An Observation on Working-Class Football Culture in Europe

“Ваше место тут” (“Your place is here”… idiomatically, “You belong here”)… the rowdy backers of FK Lokomotiv Moskva in the (in)famous South Stands at Lokomotiv Central Stadium

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You back a side because your dad does; all his mates do, as does the entire neighbourhood. You’ve seen the people going en masse to the matches! It’s neighbourhood and team pride all rolled up in one. If we’re talking REAL football… let’s not forget Fr Christos in Thessaloniki who shows up at all the matches. Some tight-arsed people complained… but the people put up a FB page Hands Off Our Father Christos! The bishop didn’t ban him from the pitch…

Some middle-class people look down their noses at this… but I’d remind them that people CHOOSE their pastimes and that backing this side or that one is a far less harmful occupation than some of the things indulged in by the scornful bourgeois. Indeed…

I do confide that their real problem with it is that it’s “common”…

BMD

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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Mighty FK Lokomotiv… The Side to Back!

Since we mentioned FK Lokomotiv in the above article, how about some snaps of the fans of my fave footy side? Do I have my “colours”… be serious… of course, I do! See ya at the pitch (and for a friendly brewskie or two afterwards, too)!

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“Vashe mesto tut”: “Your place is here” (idiomatically, “This is where you belong”)

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Start ’em in on the good stuff early… here’s a fan for life, I’ll warrant. Way to go!

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Be SERIOUS… Be a Loko-fan, like all the other decent human beings in the known universe. There’s always room for one more (and it’s your turn to buy the next round, dear)…

BMD

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