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How Did We Become Soccer Fans?

The irresistible rise of the world’s most popular sport

Manchester United play FC Barcelona at FedEx Field in front of 81,800 fans, July 2011, photo Mobilus In Mobili

Paul Brown is the author of Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans.

Being a soccer fan is both a privilege and a burden. When you’re winning, it’s the best thing on Earth, and when you’re not, it’s the end of the world. And the thing about being a fan is, whichever way fortune swings…




Tales from football history

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Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Writes about history, sport, true adventure. The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Longreads, etc.

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