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Eurotrashed: The Rise and Rise of Europe's Football Hooligans [Paperback]

Dougie Brimson
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3 Mar 2003
Hooliganism may often be deemed 'the English disease', yet increasingly some of the most violent supporters come not from the UK but from the continent. The banner 'Welcome to Hell' that was waved at Manchester United fans when they visited Galatasaray a few years ago became horribly true when two Leeds supporters were murdered by Turkish fans in 2000. But this was only one example of the increasing tide of shocking behaviour that was taking place in Italy, Holland, Germany and elsewhere. In his first non-fiction book for three years, Brimson charts the growth of this new trend and explains the reasons behind this wave of violence. He asks what UEFA and the authorities can do to solve the problems, and presents some of his own solutions.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st Paperback Edition edition (3 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755311108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755311101
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having written 15 books and two multi award winning feature films in under 16 years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one the UK's most prolific writers.

After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force -including both the Falklands and Gulf War 1- the ex-Sergeant engineer's literary career began in 1996 when he co-wrote a book based on his experiences as a soccer casual entitled Everywhere We Go.

This groundbreaking work examined the culture of soccer fandom from the inside and has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the game and its supporters. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established the author as one of the worlds leading authorities on the issues of both the game and lad culture. His latest book, Wings of a Sparrow, was released in December 2012.

Away from the literary world, Dougie is also an accomplished screenwriter having penned the critically acclaimed short movie IT'S A CASUAL LIFE and the full length feature, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:

Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.

2014 saw the release of his second feature, Top Dog. Adapted from his own novel, the movie, which starred Leo Gregory and was directed by Spandau Ballet star, Martin Kemp, won Best Feature at the British Independent Film Festival as well as a string of actor awards.

His third feature, We Still Kill The Old Way, is slated for release in december 2014 whilst projects in development include Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Wings of a Sparrow (a football comedy based on his own novel) and Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan).

The next 12 months will also see the addition of at least two new books onto the Brimson portfolio.

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'Eurotrashed stands out from the crowd. Despite initial appearances it's a sober and well-researched account of the state of hooliganism' (The Times 2003-03-03)

From the Publisher

With chapters dedicated to all of the main European nations plus shorter sections looking at many of the smaller countries, Eurotrashed uses the same raw, anecdotal style that has proved so successful in Dougie's previous books to examine the history, rivalries, politics and peculiarities of the hooligan scene in each individual country. It also tackles the controversial issue of which clubs have the most active and violent fans as well as documenting some of the more infamous incidents of football related violence involving supporters including the murder of two Leeds United fans in Turkey in 2000.

Ultimately, it provides possibly the most detailed nation-by-nation overview of the European hooligan culture that has ever been written.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Raises the bar for the genre. 28 Feb 2003
By Bender
It is rare indeed to find a book which absolutely demands to be read in one sitting but this is certainly such a book. It is brilliant.
The basic premise of Eurotrashed is to show that whilst we still have a hooligan problem here in England, things abroad are often much worse. And when our supporters travel with either their club or the national side, they are occassionally placed in situations which are nothing short of dangerous.
It does this very well indeed and the strength of the book is the way it explains how and why hooliganism developed across Europe. From the history of England's travelling hooligan element to the murders of two Leeds United fans in Turkey, the amount of detail included is quite simply astonishing. A particular favourite line involved a British official who dismissed injuries to a number of Liverpool fans with the phrase 'it's a bit harsh to say they were stabbed, the skin was barely even punctured!' Incredible.
The number of books dealing with the culture of hooliganism shows how fascinated people are by it but little if anything is known about what goes on abroad. With this book, not only does Brimson fill that void, he also raises the quality of writing by some considerable margin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 26 Feb 2003
By oyabun
Wider in scope than any of Mr Brimson's previous books (all were exclusively about English hooliganism) this one takes the reader on a violent tour across Europe.
The reader will make stops in Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Greece, and finally Turkey (where Mr Brimson gives a voice to both Leeds and Galatasaray fans on the subject of 2000's tragic killings in Istanbul.)
This book is a must-read for any European football fan - it shows again and again the frightening violence that surrounds our beloved game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 25 Feb 2003
By A Customer
There have been many books looking at the hooligan culture in the UK but this is the first one to examine what is going on elsewhere and it is an absolute belter of a read.
Unlike similar books, including those by this author, it avoids any kind of analysis into the problem of hooliganism and instead concentrates on how and why it has developed across Europe. The chapters on Scotland, Holland and Italy were particularly fascinating but what will really interest many readers is the coverage given to Turkey and especially the murders of the two Leeds United fans in 2000. Written in a balanced and unbiased manner, Brimson manages to provide a genuinely thought provoking, if worrying insight into what happened.
This alone makes this a must read book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying read. 10 Mar 2003
By A Customer
This is one of those rare books which grips you from start to finish simply because what you are reading is almost unblievable. It covers the development of hooligansim on the continent and if anyone is in any doubt that hooligansim is once more on the increase (although how they could have after recent events) then this book will remedy that basic error. It could even be said that it should be compulsary reading for those at both UEFA and FIFA.
Read it, just don't expect to like what it tells you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 15 Feb 2004
By Zac
Yet another cracking read from the top man of hoolie-lit and one that proves without doubt that whilst English football has its problems, UEFA need to keep a wary eye on what's going on elsewhere.
Of specific interest to most will be the early chapters on the history of English hooliganism and the later examination of the murders of Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight in Turkey. I would actually recomend this chapter to every English football fan because it is quite simply astonishing. Interestingly, many of the points made here were highlighted in the recent coronors report into the tragedy which shows Brimson was well ahead of the game in this book.
The one negative commment is that I feel some of the chapters could have handled a more in-depth examination (Germany being the most obvious example) but this should nevertheless be a valuable addition to anyone's collection.
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