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Hooligans Untold Story: BBC Panorama Documentary (Video)

 Hooligans Untold Story: BBC Panorama Documentary (Video)

Sometimes I’m proud to be British. But other times, I’m ashamed. After watching a documentary series on YouTube entitled “Hooligans Untold Story,” an investigative look inside the world of England football hooligans by the renowned team from BBC’s Panorama, I was very ashamed especially since the footage was only a few years ago, from 2006. It’s one thing to look back at football hooliganism from the 1970s or 1980s and to be scornful of their behavior. But it’s another thing entirely when it’s our generation. People like me, except that they’re not like me.

It’s interesting to watch this documentary because it shows how football hooliganism still exists. Not only does it still exist but now it’s more organized than ever with Firms organizing fights ahead of time in city centers or parks. And they’re organizing themselves online.

While it’s very rare for any hooliganism to happen inside Premier League grounds nowadays because 1) the tickets are so expensive, 2) the police presence is usually numerous, and 3) there are cameras and stewards throughout grounds to keep an eye on supporters, hooliganism does still happen but it’s being done elsewhere or in lower leagues.

The hooliganism documentary series by BBC Panorama is eyeopening. They follow the England supporters during the 2006 World Cup from each of their opening round games through to the second round and quarter-final. Because the 2006 World Cup was held in Germany, it was a nightmare for police to control the hooligans because there were skirmishes among groups from Poland, Germany, England and other countries. When you’re dealing with tens of thousands of soccer supporters, it’s impossible to keep an eye on all of them. Thankfully the police and authorities are better organized than ever before as you’ll see in this video.

It’s highly recommended viewing and broken up into seven parts. Here they are:

After watching the video, feel free to share your observations or questions in the comments section below. One thing that jumps out at me is the drinking culture by England football hooligans and how that turns them into animals. Yes, people drink in America but it doesn’t usually turn into violence in the form of mobs.

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13 Responses to Hooligans Untold Story: BBC Panorama Documentary (Video)

  1. The media just cover it up, there is still a lot of trouble and hooliganism in football, but people like sky sports want to portray the English game as “friendly” and “the best league in the world” so just don’t consider that side in this country, but will happily report on over countries and their hooligans.

    I know it’s not as bad as places like the Netherlands at the moment, but there are a lot of hooligan problems.

  2. Are the English fans saints? No, but as I watch through these videos it strikes me just how often you had German fans try to provoke English fans and actually go looking for trouble with them. Even in the first film you have a bunch of German fans who actually go looking for them when they are just minding their own business in a pub/strip joint. What do people think is going to happen when a load of German fans storm a pub and start kicking off? Do they think the English will just sit there and take a beating?
    I think it has a lot to do with the rep English fans have from events that happened 20-30 yrs ago and fans from other countries looking to get into fights with them.
    Still, it is a shame that this is what English fans are known for and as such, I think it would be hard for them to avoid trouble now even if they wanted to.

    • Shakira says:

      It’s funny, I don’t recall seeing the England fans attacked by the Germans in the 2nd video until the 5th video. I do recall seeing English fans attacking police, stealing flags from Brazilian fans and abusing them for no reason and insulting Germany as a whole. That must make you real proud and to see some of them are teaching thier kids this, just wonderful. The drinking culture has got to change in England if there is any hope of stopping this animal behavior.

  3. Sir Guy says:

    Fascinating, but disturbing stuff, Gaffer. Thanks.

  4. Shakira says:

    Wow, these are sad, sad people who think this type of behavior is ok. It’s no wonder English fans are targeted by police. The guy in the first video yelling,” We are f’n England!” is what people think about when they think about English hooligans. Not to mention the English fans turning on themselves, that is sad as well. It amazes me people can make excuses for thier behavior by blaming it all on the Germans. They both were to blame.

  5. Dan says:

    Mindless, how can grown men behave like this? Brainwashed into thinking they are doing something rewarding or positive? or just venting frustration, frustration that life has sunk to this level of hunter gatherer behaviour. The human race has a self destructive nature, nothing will change. Those in control would like you to think it’s brushed under the carpet then they feed you with these types of shows. OOh aren’t there naughty people out there! Don’t see programmes on social control, human rights talks, police brutality or the manipulation of public opinion? What are the real weapons that are being developed to keep the status quo.

  6. ScottMac says:

    Gaffer, I know this has nothing to do with this article but…I am interested to know why you “Dislike” Chelsea today after an identical scoreline away from home. Thanks

    • The Gaffer says:

      ScottMac, I don’t dislike Chelsea. I just dislike the predictability of when they play at home, they almost always win there in the league. As for the Wigan game, despite the one-sided scoreline, it was a close game until the beginning of the second half. Congratulations to Chelsea on a well-deserved away win. More about Chelsea and Arsenal’s win this weekend. I have a piece in mind in terms of an article idea.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • ScottMac says:

        Thanks for the speedy reply Gaffer. After reading my own comment I realized how “Snobbish” I sounded. I simply wanted your input on the game, look forward to your upcoming articles on the Gunners and Blues!
        Thanks for the speedy reply!

  7. Ethan says:

    Definitely interesting videos, and damn entertaining if I’m being honest, but the overall tone, plus the narration come off as a propaganda type of video, especially the ending. I felt like it was a big warning to English fans, as opposed to a good ol’ piece of journalism. Still, thought they were quite interesting- thanks for posting them, Gaffer.

  8. Anarch says:

    FxxK THE POLICE

  9. Up the Chels!! In Chicago. says:

    Annoying, Drunk, Primitive Apes.

  10. ttoodd says:

    interesting how there is nothing like this in the states … you’ll find just as much drinking i would assume that hooliganism is rooted in xenophobia but that wouldn’t explain the inter-violence among the english …

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