Ultras and Ultra Violence

The blood in the stands following the violence

The bloody episode in Port Said, Egypt following Wednesday’s soccer match reminded us of the word and concept of Ultras. The Ultras are the most fanatic of fans, and they’re all over the world. There are Ultras in Serbia, in Argentina. Some have political ties. Other Ultra groups have commercial ties. The first groups of Ultras began in Brazil in the 1930s, supporting soccer teams there.

Today, I spoke with James Dorsey who is one of the top experts on the connections between soccer and mideast politics. When you’re done listening to his thoughts on the various iterations of Ultras around the world, check out his insightful thoughts on the awful violence at the soccer match in Port Said in this item in Foreign Policy and on his blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.

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