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Old 04-23-2013, 12:35 PM
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perhaps this question can also apply to many other sports or multi-sport events such the olympic games...

how can the sport of football spread peace and/or unite people despite there being so much tribalism involved in national and club team matches?

when football teams play each other, i see some fans mocking and insulting opposing players and fans. afterwards, some fans will express arrogant jingoistic statements and some resort to violence during and/or after a match by committing vandalism, attacking opposing fans, and/or burning the flags or symbols of opposing national and club teams.

does football really spread peace and/or unite people despite so much tribalism involved?

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Old 04-23-2013, 12:59 PM
Location: Belgium
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As the great Dutch coach Rinus Michels once said: "Professional football is something like war. Whoever behaves too properly, is lost."
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:40 PM
Location: Scotland
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Couldn't give a sh"t if it unites the world, it unites me and half my city. That'll do me
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:16 PM
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Because during the games it is a battle but off the field there is a sense of brothership in many cases with the exceptions of some fan groups that just dont like each other or some fan groups are just flat out hostile to other fan groups.

I have traveled to a lot of MLS cities for games. Last year, I went to Portland and Vancouver for games and the fans of both clubs were great. We hung out in their home bar before the games and even the night before, most of my beers were bought for me, and we talked about everything.

This Friday, the Kansas City fans are hosting a party at a local bar to welcome the Portland fans coming to town as a thank you for their hospitality.

On the contrary, Chicago fans tend to be non-welcoming and sometimes just outright hostile.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:27 AM
Location: London
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In the UK it is not unusual to see 'home fans only' signs in the pubs around the ground on a match day. I've been to Manchester United V Liverpool games, Tottenham v Arsenal (North London derby) and two Celtic v Rangers games.

Fans are not allowed to share a pint in the pubs around the ground at these fixtures. That won't be happening.

Usually the interaction between supporters is more jovial when there is no intense rivalry be it local or otherwise surrounding the fixture.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:21 PM
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Man Utd fans where escorted from the train station to the ground and vice versa by a wall of police. The Suarez/Evra affair and the outcome of the Hillsborough inquiry had a big part to play in this the past two years.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:47 PM
Location: Fairfax, Va
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This video explains a lot
How I Became A Borussia Dortmund Fan (English) | Part 1 - YouTube
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