‘Football is a little dangerous…it is very popular and all the religions are there. Especially Hezbollah. Football is very important for the Shia.’ Spokesman for the Lebanese FA
Often a microcosm of life in a city, there exist countless rivalries between clubs that are steeped in historical enmity based on class, religion, politics, or philosophy. Some of the games, like Rangers v Celtic, are renowned for their vocal sectarianism, others like Tenerife v Las Palmas for their eclectic fanbase, while little or nothing is known about derbies in Cairo or Calcutta which attract twice as many fans as any Old Firm clash.
Andy Mitten journeys across the UK and the the far-flung regions of planet football, talking to managers, players, backroom staff, local journalists and, crucially, to a host of passionate fans - from the vividly ordinary, working-class supporters to the well-heeled jet-set who find their regular football fix in exotic cities like Madrid, Rome or Milan - and gets to share their highs and lows.
Published in association with FourFourTwo Magazine, Mad For It provides a fresh and revealing insight into the people who makes these matches matter - the fans - using their own words and stories to illuminate the conflicts, tensions, histories and celebrations behind these unforgettable games.