#336 | “The British Disease” | A Short History of Football Hooliganism in the UK

English Learning for Curious Minds

26-01-2023 • 25 minutos

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British football fans have a well-deserved bad reputation for hooliganism and violence.

In this episode, we explore where this comes from, why British football stadiums have historically been violent places, and why things have started to change.

  • A scene at a football riot
  • The British claim to have invented football
  • 12th-century versions of “football”
  • When the king banned football
  • The term “kick off”
  • Early hooliganism with Preston North End supporters
  • Why do football fans fight each other?
  • Glasgow: Rangers vs. Celtic
  • The post-war growth of hooliganism
  • Organised hooliganism in the 1970s
  • The names of the most famous football hooligan groups
  • The British Disease spreads to Europe
  • The birth of the “football casual”
  • Hooliganism & the National Front
  • The Heysel & Hillsborough disasters
  • Crackdown on football hooliganism
  • Football hooliganism today

Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/british-football-hooliganism


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