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Eurotrashed: The Rise and Rise of Europe's Football Hooligans Paperback – 3 Mar 2003
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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)
The shocking inside story of the rise of football hooliganism across Europe exposed by the subject's bestselling and most authoritative authorSee all Product description
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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.
Read it, just don't expect to like what it tells you.
In his previous book Barmy Army, he examined what has been going on in England and this is the logical follow-up; the issue of Europe. And it is, quite simply, fantastic. The detail in the research is staggering and for anyone wanting to learn about the darker side of the European game, this book is a must.
An examination of South American football surely beckons.
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.
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.
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.