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Eurotrashed: The Rise and Rise of Europe's Football Hooligans
Eurotrashed: The Rise and Rise of Europe's Football Hooligans
by Dougie Brimson
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Raises the bar for the genre., 28 Feb 2003
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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